Gifts come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. It’s often those that come in the small packages that that mean the most.
Coming off the Christmas holiday, today was a great reminder of that. While my Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were wonderful and filled with quality, precious, cherished time with my children, husband and extended family, today the joy continued with special gifts of time and thought from friends.
It started out with a ‘checking in’ email from a dear friend. While I don’t often get to visit with this friend in person; we do manage to stay in touch via email and an occasional cup of coffee. Somehow he always manages to send me an email on the days that I’m struggling with something and really need to see his name in my inbox with a friendly message filled with his always positive, cheerful, insightful outlook on life.
I’ve often wondered how friends have a way of showing up on those days. At those much needed, opportune moments. I think the universe has a unique way of sending those signals out and they are caught by those who are meant to hear them. I have another friend that always manages to know just when I need a hug. I won’t have talked to him for weeks, yet he always (without fail) will text me when I need him. He has been known to drive across town – for no other reason than to give me a hug. Talk about feeling loved!
Anyway, back to the subject at hand, today, not only was it the friendly email I received, I had yet another friend who came bearing gifts. Not gold, frankincense or myrrh, but popcorn. He appeared at the door holding a bag of popcorn. While I know they hand out free bags of popcorn at one of the local hardware stores, it was the thought that touched my heart. He knows I like that popcorn and he took the time to go to the hardware store, get me a bag, drive over and come to see me. The fact that he thought of me touched my heart.
So often we get consumed in the race to go here, bake this or purchase the perfect gift that we forget that the most important gift of all is the gift of time and touch. It was those few moments when I was able to give him a hug, sit down with him and share a cup of coffee and visit that both of will cherish forever.
This is one of my favorite sayings in life and each day it grows to mean more:
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
It was a great reminder that no matter what the gift, family and friends are to be cherished.