Presents vs. Presence: Which will you give?
By Andrea Driessen, Copyright 2014
For most of us, the holidays are joyous, festive—and stressful. Overflowing with abundance—and distractions. Few would call this time of year a series of boring meetings! In a Season of Big Celebrations, we may actually long for an occasional shot of boredom. Or at least stillness!
In the midst of it all, consider the greatest gift you may be able to give. It’s priceless—but has no cost—except your time and attention.
The gift, in fact, IS your time and attention. The present IS your presence.
During these time-starved days and harried schedules, our willingness to slow down for meaningful, eye-to-eye engagement with those we love is rare. May we take a few extra moments to listen intently to people around us. Let’s ask questions of depth that show we are sincerely interested and mentally in synch…rather than distracted by our “smart” phones or thinking about the next soiree.
Our full attention—when tuned to others, and offered freely to acknowledge someone’s else’s presence and gifts—is a precious present.
Let me know what you notice in these moments of connection. Share how it feels to give this cost-free, priceless gift.
May you both give and receive an abundant amount of presence this holiday season.