|The gift of carefully folded paper|
decided to get all those antique ink wells safely snugged into boxes and my monotonous task was transformed into an unexpected and rather magical experience. As I began to use that "recycled" packing paper I became aware of a presence in my house that was previously contained within that large box of neatly folded paper. That presence seemed to reach out for me as if there was a story to be told. I immediately felt as if that presence was a woman that had carefully wrapped her most prized possessions, and when unwrapping those possessions she had then straightened out the paper with care and concern for the recipient of her efforts. I wondered what kind of person takes the time to attend to paper when her own home is in such chaos after a move. I wanted to meet this woman and ask her about her story. But then I realized that I knew her through the paper and boxes she had passed along to me. Her essence and spirit were now in my home and were packed in those boxes that would make the journey to a new place.
When we give a gift there is a subtle energy that accompanies that gift. It is our own energy that we give to another through an inanimate object. The things we touch and the food we prepare all take on our energy, our spirit and the essence that is us as individual living beings. The intention of the gifts we give and the food we prepare are embedded in each of those gifts and food through our subtle energies. Have you noticed when you touch someone's piece of clothing or other possession that you pick up the essence of that person? This is another way we communicate with each other; through the sharing of our energies and spirit. (This is my little Sheltie, Gabbie.)
This Christmas season is especially blessed. I have been reunited with a special girlfriend, which was lost to me for so many years. I have new friends, which have become an important part of my life. I have strengthened other relationships, which seemed to be beyond my reach in years past. And I am moving to a very special place with the man I love. This place holds new adventures for me and has already become my home. And a complete stranger gave me the gift of her presence and her love through the paper she carefully folded. This has made all the difference as I pack my possessions for this move that looms ahead. May your holiday season, whatever holiday you celebrate, be blessed with all those things that enrich your life, and may you carefully and thoughtfully share your essence and spirit with the very best of intentions. Those are the gifts you give to others every day. Blessings to you!