The Undesired Gift

17 08 2012

There is a gift which so many of us have been given. I will try to describe it:

  • This gift is very seldom appreciated.
  • It is a gift which most of us choose not to keep. 
  • It is a gift which we fear to embrace.
  • It is a gift we often see as a punishment.
  • It is a gift we try to hide so no one else sees it.
  • It is a gift which we receive at any time of the season.
  • It is a gift which can seem too heavy to carry.
  • It is a gift which we are given when times are tough and we feel discouraged.
  • It is a gift which comes from an anonymous giver.
  • It is a gift which is wrapped in dark colored paper.
  • It is a gift we often exchange for something much less valuable or even damaging.

When we choose to accept this valuable yet unappreciated gift, we allow it to work wonders in our lives. But we need to change our perception of the gift. We need to see the beauty and benefits in it. This may be something totally new to us and to anyone else we may share it with.

If we accept this gift it may mean giving up the opportunity for something “better” or something “more”.

We need to think totally outside of the ” box” we have been given. When we decide to cherish and see the beauty in the gift, we may be giving up the chance of enjoying the other trade such as indulging in:

  • Unhealthy eating
  • Consuming alcohol
  • Gambling
  • Overworking
  • Facebook and computer games
  • Sex
  • Smoking
  • Drugs
  • Other unhealthy obsessions
  • Habits which are damaging to our core values
  • Self destructive lifestyles

If by now you are thinking this is really crazy then you are right. Embracing this gift is not something most of us would naturally do. This present is unique and different to each one of us. It is a reward to be explored and examined. It may even be called a legacy or an ability.

Some of the benefits I have relished in holding on to my gift are:

  • A keener sense of peace and serenity
  • Better health
  • A stronger sense of joy
  • An easier acceptance of reality
  • Closer to my truth
  • More appreciation of the “good times”
  • Compassion for others
  • Feeling the pleasure of the simple things that life has to offer
  • Enjoying each and every aspect the “GIFT of the PRESENT”.

This gift is something society may call a disease, a sickness or a problem. It is often given very descriptive labels.

This gift is what I call DEPRESSION. I am thankful for it and I see the value it has in my life. It is a gift from God which humbles me and teaches me so much about Him and about myself. Sometimes I reject it for an extra large hot fudge sundae with peanuts. Sometimes I neglect it and drop an extra $10 in the lottery terminal.

But I love when I embrace it and I see what it is revealing to me. The growth that is open to me as a human being is so beautifully cherished. The weight of it is lifted by the giver himself. God is there as I delight in my beautiful and cherished gift. He shows me its beauty and its benefits. I am learning that it is not worth trading for any other earthly present.
















2 responses

17 08 2012

There are gifts to every weakness/disadvantage that society sees. I see strength and beauty in my flaws. We all deserve that “gift” of unconditional acceptance. Thanks Nancy for reminding all of us that we have the power to embrace gifts and love ourselves more completely.

17 08 2012

awesome nanc!!!! love this 🙂 xoxo


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