The Best Gifts of All
By Hedda Sharapan
Here we are, at the time of year when so much of our society is focused on gifts. Every time I hear the word gift, I’m reminded of how differently Fred used that word, and I thought you might like to read some of his thoughts about the most meaningful gifts.
Gifts that are small and simple
Here’s a gift you may not have expected…Sometimes in your day, try to turn off all the noises around you and give yourself some “quiet time."
The gift of who you are
If you like to make things out of wood, or sew, or dance, or style people’s hair, or dream up stories and act them out, or play the trumpet, or jump rope, whatever you really love to do, and you love that in front of children, that’s going to be a far more important gift than anything you could ever give them wrapped up in a box with ribbons. And what’s more: the last thing in the world you have to be is perfect at it. It’s the spirit that gives that kind of gift its wings.
The gift of caring
We’re all on a journey—each one of us. And if we can be sensitive to the person who happens to be our “neighbor,” that, to me, is the greatest challenge as well as the greatest pleasure. Because if you’re trusted, then people will allow you to share their inner garden—what greater gift!
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Our gifts to children
You can be that gift to the children in your care.
Best wishes for the year ahead and thank you for your support of our work.
"I wish that all children could have somebody who would let them know that the outsides of people are insignificant compared with their insides…to show them that no matter what, they’ll always have somebody who believes in them."
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