They say it’s better to give than to receive. But last year, the pressure of giving the “right” gift got to me…that, combined with the fact that I feel I own all I need as it is, led me to bow out of our family holiday gift-giving last Christmas.
But since then, I’ve thrice attempted the 29 Gifts challenge. And I finally completed it on the third try – 29 gifts in 29 days. But this was nothing like Christmas. There was no single day on which the giving was done. It was done every day – for 29 consecutive days without missing a single one. And these gifts didn’t have to be monetary. In fact, the best ones usually didn’t cost a thing. I gave compliments, encouragement, second chances, time. I also gave away things I no longer needed. Or things someone else could put to better use.
If you’ve never tried this, I highly recommend it. There’s nothing quite like the challenge of waking up every day wondering what that days gift will be. Sometimes you have it planned, and sometimes an opportunity presents itself.
Yes, indeed, it’s better to give than to receive. And better yet to give when there is no date on the calendar telling you it is a day of giving. When, instead, every day is a day in which you give. So try it. Just one day. Or more. Give something. A smile, a thank you, a helping hand. And relish in the joy it brings to both giver and receiver.