Last week I wrote about how to give gifts. (By the way, I had a giveaway planned but the instructions were buried at the end of last week’s post. Let’s try again – be sure to scroll all the way to the end for the instructions so you don’t miss out!)
This week, the topic is how to receive gifts. There is a saying that “it is more important to give than to receive.” If this is true, then naturally we should all want to give. (Indeed, there is a special feeling that comes from giving.) But where would that leave us – who would there be to receive the gifts, favors, and assistance that we are happy to give?
In light of that observation, we must all become both givers and recipients. This means we must be not only skilled at giving gifts, but also prepared to receive what others offer, too. This allows others to practice giving. Let’s talk about the ethics (norms, rules) that tell us how to receive.
Christmas is coming, and I’ve realized that I’m pretty terrible at choosing gifts. My family was not big on celebrations or frivolous gifts. The gifts I received were always practical, bought on a deal, and/or rarely made me feel special. On the bright side, I got a lot of use out of practical gifts, and I’m not complaining.
However, in the last couple of years I’ve received some gifts that were either totally impractical or expensive. They were also well chosen and made me feel special! This got me thinking: what is the difference between the gifts of my past and these gifts? Of course I did some research, and this post is what I came up with.
Thinking about gifts has certainly made gift shopping more fun – I no longer agonize over it and hopefully I won’t give more crappy gifts. I hope this week’s topic helps you as you do your holiday shopping this year!
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It’s time to reflect on 2018 and make plans for 2019! My new years resolution is to express love in deeds, not just in words and conversation. Let me explain. I genuinely love to hear about the life experiences of other people. Human beings are so different and interesting. I love to interact with their stories by examining, analyzing, comparing, connecting and playing with their ideas. As an intellectual person, I love to process words, concepts, descriptions, metaphors, fantasies, and memories. In interactions with other people, what I already do well is listen deeply. This happens naturally because the words spoken by others are intrinsically valuable to me whether I agree with them or not, whether I understand their point of view or not whether they cause pain inside me or not. By intrinsically valuable, I mean that I’m listening because it’s pleasurable in itself, not because I’m looking to profit or gain wisdom. My motivation to listen comes from the joy of witnessing the mental and emotional life of another person. The Value of …