Generosity of the Heart
Tis the season… for gifting.
One of my most favorite things in the world is to buy someone a meaningful gift. I think about who they are, what they like, and what this gift would mean to them? Or is it going to sit there and collect dust?
It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift, it can be a hand painted journal that’s made with love and warmth. It can be homemade cookies or a personally designed card with a lovely note. A small token that shows them you care, that presents a part of your relationship you want to cherish and highlight. This means so much more than a dollar amount.
We recently had the unveiling for my sister, Bonnie, which is a Jewish tradition of honoring the deceased one year after passing. I wanted to do something creative and personal for everyone in my family.
I decided to hand paint personalized rocks. Each one had a hand painted motif, a saying on the back, “Bonnie, forever in our hearts” and a note alongside sharing some of the wisdom and love I felt Bonnie would want to bring to each individual.
Rocks are something that can weather any storm and are constants. Bonnie was our rock, strong, tough, resilient. Beautiful in nature and weathering any storm. These rocks are a memento of her place in our lives, a token to keep with us through the thick and thin. A reminder that she will always be with us in spirit.
These small tokens cost nearly nothing, but are priceless in value. The true value of a gift is measured by the love added from your heart. When you give from your heart, and not out of obligation or expecting something in return, it takes the focus off of yourself for a brief moment, and it touches someone else’s life in a positive way. It’s the small things in life that matter- value is not determined by a price tag.
This season, gift your loved ones something from your heart. Add value that is priceless. And, make memories to last a lifetime.