Last year, I did not receive a single Christmas gift. I didn’t get a gift from any family, friends, not even from a secret Santa or gift exchange. I also didn’t have a dime to my name to buy myself a gift. I remember feeling so empty and unloved. Telling myself, I didn’t receive a gift because I was unwanted. The day came and went. I smiled to hide the pain of feeling unloved, unwanted, and unworthy.
This year is likely to be a little different. I participated in a gift exchange, but gave my gift to someone who didn’t bring a gift. That way they could exchange gifts with someone and receive a gift. This made me happy. Though I didn’t receive a gift, it gave me great joy to give my gift up so that someone could receive a gift. I’m also blessed to be in a better position financially.
I brought myself the re-released Jordan 11 Concords as a gift. This Christmas is a little different from last year, but it’s not about the gifts. Though I received one more gift this year than I did last year, I learned a very valuable lesson.
I learned that it’s about love. If I would have focused on the love I received last year than, not receiving a gift would have been trivial. My brother loved me enough to invite me over for Christmas brunch with his family, and I had a great time. My line brother opened his home to me and allowed me to eat Christmas dinner with his family. There was so much love and appreciation in that meal.
It’s always nice to receive a gift on Christmas. It helps us know that we are loved and cared about, but please don’t be like me. Don’t focus on how many gifts you didn’t get, or if the gift isn’t grand or not what you really wanted. Focus on the love those gifts represent. The genuine place they came from. If you’re not in a position to give a gift; give love and appreciation and you will brighten someone’s day. Shifting your focus to love will brighten your entire mood and make you feel better about your situation. Happy Holidays and I love you.
About The Author
Dash is a modern-day “classic” man. He’s a military man, a Alpha Man, a inspirational speaker and everything in between. You can find him at your next party being the life of it and always stressing to have a good time. Follow him on all social media needs @aguynamedash and @visionarypresentations