Some thoughts to ponder...every single thing in life is a gift. It may not always seem like a gift but it is, in fact, a gift. The beautiful part about life is learning that you have a choice as to what you will do with the gifts that are given to you. Take an ugly Christmas sweater for instance. It may come to you as a gift from someone you love, someone you tolerate or someone you don't care for at all. When the gift is presented, you may look at it and determine you do not like it and will never wear it, you may decide that you would like to return it or you may decide you do not wish to accept it at all. You might even decide you'd like to have hurt feelings that the giver would give you something you think is ugly. Some of the "gifts" in life we are presented with are like an ugly Christmas sweater, particularly where human relations come in. You may accept the gifts that you are given and appreciate them, keep them if you desire or you may argue with the giver about their seeming lack of thoughtfulness in presenting you with such an ugly gift. You might even decide to give the gift back just like it was given to you or you may decide not to keep some gifts. No matter what you choose, there are lessons both in the presentation and in what you ultimately decide to do with them. Regardless, there is learning to be had in the gifts we are given. Wisdom can be gained if we seek compassion and understanding while at the same time standing in our own light and honoring first and foremost, our authenticity. You've all, no doubt, received the gift of the ugly Christmas sweater in some way, shape or form. What did you decide to do with it? Do you understand why you decided to do with it what you did with it? Did you understand or seek to, the reason it was given? Food for thought. The objective is understanding and not the judgment of self for the disposition nor the giver of the gift. Seek understanding and you will be given an even greater gift than what is presented to you. That gift is the wisdom gained from the experience of giving, receiving or returning. Always there is something to learn, to understand and to strive for.
Me, myself, I don't care for ugly Christmas sweaters and so will thank the giver of such gift (even if only within the privacy of my own mind). What I decide to do next will depend on the frame that I choose to hold in a particular moment and whether or not I find myself courageous enough to stand in my own light. Sometimes I might say thank you but no thanks. You keep this gift but I appreciate your desire to share.
Blessings of higher love and understanding beautiful dreamers.
(c) Jaie Hart (photo, random internet find - and, to the owner of this sweater, please take no offense as I greatly appreciate the heart of creativity that went into this design - really).