If you are looking for what to give for this Christmas and holiday season, here are some ideas that everyone will appreciate and cherish…and they have the bonus of being a boomerang gift back to you. Feel free to cut, paste, and personalize into messages to the people in your life, including those you may be having challenges with.
1. The Gift of Forgiveness.
To you, the world, and myself I give the gift of a fresh start, a blank page to write a life of freedom that waits for us beyond differences, judgments, and past mistakes. During this holiday season, I choose to do my best to release all thoughts of blame and guilt and see only our underlying connection and sameness.
2. The Gift of Light.
To you, the world, and myself I give the gift of seeing the unchanging and unchangeable light of love shining brightly in you. I see the light of Love in you and trust this helps lift any dark and false self-images. As I recognize the light in you, I will see it in myself.
3. The Gift of Love in Action.
To you, the world, and myself I give the gift of Love for all life by choosing to do something for someone or nature that is unexpected and anonymous, without any thought of receiving something in return. No matter how grave any situation appears, I trust the collective expressions of Love will uplift, heal, and transform.
4. The Gift of Peace.
To you, the world, and myself I give the gift of remembering the ancient peace we carry in our heart and have not lost. I want peace for all— to mean these words is a powerful force indeed. The gift of peace begins with my thoughts, and only then can I extend it outward, replacing sorrow and conflict with hope and calmness.
5. The Gift of Patience.
To you, the world, and myself I give the gift of patience, a gift that the fast-paced world needs beyond measure. I offer patience, free of anxiety, by putting your wellbeing before the task or the clock.
6. The Gift of Honesty.
To you, the world, and myself I strive to give the gift of honesty where nothing I say contradicts what I think or do, and no act opposes my word. This level of honesty is hard, a skill that first requires self-honesty. It is here that I begin, knowing life becomes a meaningful encounter with revealing the truth that my defenses would conceal.
7. The Gift of Tolerance.
To you, the world, and myself I give the gift of “Season’s Greetings,” doing my best to meet you with tolerance—to not be blinded by my judgments, and to recognize our interconnection with one another. I humbly admit that I am not in a position to judge anybody, and I kneel before the infinite in humble acknowledgment of all I don’t know.
8. The Gift of Gentleness.
To you, the world, and myself I give the gift of extending a welcome hand and gentle greeting to each I see or think about during the day. Above all else, I strive to be a messenger of gentleness, and I know the power of a kind thought, a gentle glance, or a soft smile. Should I find myself in conflict, I turn inward to ask how I may use gentleness to ease the tension between us.
9. The Gift of Joy
To you, the world, and myself I give the gift of joy by rising above the unimportant things people often focus upon without thinking. I share joy during the holiday season as I decide to be undisturbed by the negative things in life that don’t honestly matter. I focus on the joy that comes from being alive at this moment in whatever I am doing and whoever I am with, reminding each of us that joy is our inheritance.
10. The Gift of Generosity
To you, the world, and myself I give the gift of demonstrating I can always afford to be generous because giving and receiving are one in truth. There is no limit or insufficiency in love, so when I truly give there will never be loss. Through giving to you, the radiance of my gift grows more brilliant within myself.