Giving: Reimagined

After he spent two weeks volunteering at a hostel for pilgrims along the Camino, a friend returned with a gift for me. I was surprised he bought me anything as he knows I’m a minimalist who is on a seemingly neverending quest to live with less “stuff”. He smiled as I opened the bag. It contained a bar of soap. He proudly declared, “I know you don’t want any more ‘stuff’ but this is something that you will use up and it will disappear.” Indeed he was right. A perfect gift for a minimalist. Even better? It wasn’t purchased. It was among the items left behind by pilgrims wanting to lighten their load. Recycling at its finest.

Accepting gifts has not been easy for me in recent years. Yes, I like the thought with which they are given. And I love surprises. But I’m at the stage in my life where I prefer “experiences” to “stuff.” Friends have adjusted to this:

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2 thoughts on “Giving: Reimagined

  1. I really like the word – “Synchronicity.” This morning I experienced synchronicity. I am rereading a book “A Quaker Book of Wisdom, Life Lessons in Simplicity, Service and Common Sense.” As a finished a chapter early this morning, I discovered Rebecca’s wonderful reflection on giving. If I were with a group of Quakers, I would say – “This Friend speaks my mind.” Thank you Rebecca.

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