I read an interesting post by Seth Godin where he talks about the difference between giving something free (from a business standpoint as a strategy) and giving a gift (as a generous expression). With the holidays approaching I find that a helpful concept. There are so many relational issues with family (even husbands) and friends that can make gift giving a problem, certainly a stress. Can we turn giving back into an expression of love and generosity? Can we get rid of strings attached, the expectations of gift exchanges, etc.?
Sometimes I just ask myself, “What would I give if I just wanted to give this person a gift? What would I give if I didn’t expect a gift back? If I didn’t have to deal with their expectations or the expectations of others? It helps me sort out my thoughts and feelings and often I come up with some fun innovative gifts. (It’s also helpful when you know the gift will be unappreciated no matter what the gift is. The gift is good and reasonable. You’re not responsible for the response.)
What is a true gift? One for which nothing is expected in return. Chinese Proverb
Be generous! Lori <><