The Gifts that Matter

by Barrett

This toy police car was clearly one of my first favorite gifts. But I have no memory of it other than this picture. When you think about gifts that are going to last, you may need to break out the fortune cookies for direction…

This toy police car was clearly one of my first favorite gifts. But I have no memory of it other than this picture. When you think about gifts that are going to last, you may need to break out the fortune cookies for direction…

I’ve certainly been blabbing a bunch lately about gifts. Tech gifts for geeks. The right robot for your child. And even boring gear that will check the box. Of course, it’s been that time of year…

But today… especially today, it’s worth mentioning a few other gifts that are pretty important too. In fact, they’re essential. But you don’t exactly hand these kinds of things over. You can’t get them in a store or order them on Amazon.
Rather, you collect them over the course of your life.

They are the elements that make you… you.
And hopefully, others will contribute positively along your journey.

So at the risk of pretending I can offer any kind of valuable wisdom about life in general, these fortune cookie insights do resonate with me.

Here are a few thoughts on some gifts that truly matter…

The gift of purpose
And the gift of helping others

The gift of being able to go it alone
And the gift of knowing you’re never really alone

The gift of strong conviction
And the gift of recognizing you’re not perfect

The gift of always believing in yourself
And the gift of believing in something more than yourself

The gift of taking a chance
And the gift of being able to pick yourself up when you fail

The gift of not siding with the crowd
And the gift of knowing your true self

The gift of connection
And of course, the gift of good memories

People much smarter than me talk about being able to live an authentic life.
I guess it’s like that.

If there’s a larger theme at play here, I think it’s simply the gift of making a difference.

Go for it.

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