Have you ever wondered about your gift? What have you got within you that you are willing to give to another person? When did gift giving become so complicated? How much do you spend? Will they like it? Then there is that theory that it is the thought that counts. I had a friend visit me yesterday and even before she sat down, she reached into her bag and pulled out a gift for me. There was no occasion attached for gift giving, she just likes giving is what I have come to realise. Her gift giving always starts with a hug.
After my last article about the opposite of faith (the-opposite-of-faith.html), I started to ponder that opposites are not often what we think they are. I am sure most would have expected me to say that the opposite of faith is doubt. I began to consider that the opposite of love is not hate, rather it is fear. Fear keeps us from moving, it keeps us from giving.
If you are wondering what does all this have to do with the greatest gift within each of us, Glad you had that thought; the greatest gift within us is love. We are born with love in us, love to give. Fear holds us back from giving love and makes us question who and why we should love. Hate comes from fear, fear that if we give love we will run empty or get hurt or it will not be appreciated or how much love should be given.
Have you ever met anyone who didn't appreciate kindness, patience, honour, trust, encouragement, understanding... These are just a few things love encompasses, yet we don't often think of the impact we can have by simply loving someone. The more we give love the more room we have to receive love as well. I often hear people say they don't know what their gift is or that they don't have a gift. Love is the greatest gift within each of us.
Today, simply start by offering smile, compliment, listening ear to a stranger or a friend and trust me you will make a difference, because you just shared the greatest gift within you.