The Gift of You
By Dee Ann Ludwig
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The only gift is a portion of one’s self.” And that’s what these twelve gifts are–gifts of you. They cost nothing, but are some of the most precious presents you can give to your friends and family. Their effects can last a lifetime.
The Gift of Time
In our busy world, the phrase “I don’t have time to…” has become a universal complaint. Like a growing plant, any relationship between two people can thrive only if it receives care. Most human relationships profit from a simple tonic that is called “tincture of time.” A chatty phone call to an unhappy friend or a half-hour visit to an aunt who lives alone can mean a lot, but costs very little.
The Gift of Good Example
Most people learn fundamental attitudes and behavior by observing others. Be a good example by handling difficult situations in a mature manner.
The Gift of Acceptance
Many problems between husbands and wives or between friends begin when one person tries to change the other to fit preconceived notions. But did you know that often people begin to shed bad habits once they are accepted the way they are?
The Gift of Seeing the Best in People
When we expect people to respond in a positive way, they usually do.