What are our thoughts about the gifts we choose in the lead-up to Christmas?
- How will my gift be received?
- Will it be appreciated?
- Will it convey the right intention?
- What value does it have for me and for the receiver?
- Is it the right value? Monetary? Symbolic?
- What does it say about me? Generous or mean? Thoughtful or thoughtless?
- What does it indicate about my religious or consumer beliefs?
- Do I expect a gift in return? Does it matter?
- How will I give this gift?
Gift-giving makes us vulnerable – it says something about who we are and how we think and feel. If we get it right, it conveys our positive intention – to show gratitude to the recipient.
What are your gratitudes, if you were to pause for a moment and make a quick list?
It’s likely, given the year that has passed and the current state of the pandemic that you will think of the simple things in life. When we hear of the ill health of those dear to us and are faced with our own mortality, we suddenly appreciate being well, family time and seeing friends in a completely different way.
What people long for most is meaningful connection. Gratitude is exactly this: both recognising and experiencing it.
Gratitude is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s a sustainable gift, as no one is diminished, no resources are depleted in its giving or receiving.
We would like to give you, our clients, fellow coaches, and partners in business our heartfelt thanks for the contact we’ve had with you. This has sustained us through difficult times and gives us the strength and conviction to keep on giving.
Our wish for you this Christmas is that you find meaningful connection with those you value most.
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