A New Year: Gifts Within a Gift

2 Jan

Nearly everyone is familiar with the idea of a gift within a gift within a gift. A large, beautifully-wrapped box that when opened, contains another smaller wrapped box that when opened, contains yet another even-smaller wrapped box and so on.

This came to mind today as I considered the notion of a new year and all of the unopened surprises it contains. As we put to bed the events of 2011, we cannot help but reflect upon them. Mulling over its unique highs and lows, celebrations and horrors we ponder both things that happened to us individually as well as collectively.

Each of our “gifts” looks different and of course contains entire sets of varying surprises. Some of the boxes will contain wonders and joys beyond belief while still others may hold heartbreaking secrets and life-altering circumstances.

In the grand scheme of things, it really is best not to know… until the moment has come to open each one in its own time. Naturally, in the dawn of early January we will ask ourselves the question: What does 2012 have in store for me, my family, my friends, my country and my world?

And I realized that if time is one of the most precious gifts (and I truly believe that it is) then the days of another year—a gift unto itself—is not unlike the concept of that beautifully-wrapped parcel. There are gifts within a gift within a gift. Each day intended to be unwrapped and fully experienced one by one… in the order in which they are presented to us.

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7 Responses to “A New Year: Gifts Within a Gift”

  1. Booksphotographsandartwork January 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM #

    Beautifully said. So true. We tend to rush through life without savouring each day as the gift it is.

  2. cravesadventure January 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM #

    Loving the post! I want to learn acceptance this year and learn to slow down and enjoy life more:) Have a Great Day!

  3. Deb Shields January 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM #

    Great analogy…slow down, appreciate, savour, reflect and enjoy all that each day brings.

  4. Deb Shields January 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM #

    great analogy…loved it.

  5. Woman In Thrisis January 2, 2012 at 9:35 PM #

    Thank you Mom and Renee! I know it is good to be reminded that each day is a gift. Glad you enjoyed it and I hope you (both) had a great day today!

  6. Tomilee January 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM #

    Happy New Year, Joanna! I loved this one. It reminds me of the book, “The Precious Present.”

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