The Art of Giving

As the holiday season approaches and many of us are consumed with the issue of finding that “perfect gift,” these words by Wilfred Peterson come to mind:

In gratitude for God’s gift of life to us we should share that gift with others. The art of giving encompasses many areas. It is an outgoing, overflowing way of life.

Emerson said it well: “Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.”

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the heart: love, kindness, joy, understanding, sympathy, tolerance, forgiveness…

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of the mind: ideas, dreams, purposes, ideals, plans, inventions, projects, poetry…

We give of ourselves when we give gifts of time, when we are the minute builders of more abundant living for others…

We give of ourselves when we give the gift of words: encouragement, inspiration, guidance…

The finest gift a man can give to his age and time is the gift of a constructive and creative life.

In His Name,
Nancy Barret, VA

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