‘Tis the season of giving and gifting and shopping and spending. Without a doubt, this time of year I’ll be asked — on repeated occasions — for a list, “Tell me what you want.”
If there’s one thing that makes me uncomfortable, it’s the giving of gifts for the sake of a season. Don’t get me wrong — I love giving gifts and, yes, receiving is fun, too. But I prefer a random care package sent on a Saturday in June to a gift that, well, might be more than you can afford on a specific day because that’s what our society, our culture, dictates.* That being said, I always graciously and loving accept gifts because it’s important to the giver — and what’s important to the giver is important to me. Besides, like I said, getting presents is fun.
But, what I want? What I really, really want?
For the first time in many years, I am full. And my cup? It runneth over. You see, I already have the things that money can’t buy: health, happiness, love, joy, peace and hope. I have family and friends whom I adore; I have a love in my life that’s bigger than any I’ve ever experienced; and I have the gift of another day.
Though, I guess you could say I do want something: I want more time with my family and friends; more time in the arms of Mr. B; less anger, less stress, less hate in the world. I want people’s suffering to end. I want a cure for Alzheimer’s and cancer and all of the horrible diseases that take people too young. I want comfort and joy and peace. And those things can’t be purchased on Black Friday — I don’t care how much money you have.
So, this year, instead of making a list, I’m going to ask you to think about me, think about what you know about me. And if you’re so inclined, pick something up that you know I’ll just love — please do, as I’m certain a gift from your heart will warm mine. But, if you’d like to go another route, I ask that you please put your money to use doing something bigger. I ask that you make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association — or a cause that’s close to your heart. Spend your money where it will do good. Because that gift? It is a gift for all seasons.
*Please note: Birthdays are a whole different deal all together. I love my birthday (month), and I love you for loving it, too.