The Gifts We Bring

Imagine with me if you will….. a beautiful table full of gifts.  Not one gift is the same.  Some are big, some are small.  Some have beautiful ribbons and bows, others are tied in twine or have nothing extra added to them at all.  Some are plain and simple…. others are bright and colorful.  Some gifts are wrapped in boxes and others carefully placed in beautiful gift bags.  There is much diversity there, but as a whole it creates a pleasing picture to the eye and a sense of excitement!  What will we find when all these gifts are unwrapped?

A friend of mine recently shared a story with me that made me contemplate about how we each have something to contribute to society.  No matter how different we are from all the other ‘packages on the table’….. we each have our own unique value.  I’ve often heard it said that each of us has specific things to do in life, meaning, that though someone else may be capable of accomplishing the same ‘task’ as you…..  there is an impact that only you can have by doing that task yourself.

We all leave an imprint on society.  We are all needed.  They say it ‘takes a village’ to raise a child, but I believe, it also ‘takes a village’ to make a village a pleasant place to live!  Working together accomplishes more, and much more quickly than one person trying to do something alone.  Even though someones ‘gift’ wrapping may not appeal to you, there is still something of value inside the package, that when opened carefully, can make huge a contribution.  It’s goes right along with the saying:  “You can’t judge a book by its cover”.  What’s inside is always of value to someone and very often to many.    We each need to allow our gift to be unwrapped so that those around us can benefit from it.  And remember….. we are benefiting from others doing the same!

I’m grateful for the reminder that we are all different, but that we each deserve to be respected for who we are and allowed to find out how we can each contribute to our community (or village).  I’ll leave you with the words of John Donne:

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind…

I am Grateful!  How are you?


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