We’ve all said and heard the phrase, upon receiving or giving a gift, “Don’t worry, it’s the thought that counts.” The funny thing is that, at least in my own experience, I say this phrase most often in response to receiving a gift that I don’t really like. Meditating on this topic, I realized that I usually say, “it’s the thought that counts” in a conciliatory fashion, rather than as a meaningful statement of fact and gratitude. In our society, where marketing has, in many ways, succeeded in making the gifts more important than the intentions behind them; it’s very important to remember that it really IS the thought that counts. Whatever the actual material gift is, is irrelevant. The source of the gift and the love that inspired the giving is what’s really important. This holiday season, I’m making a commitment to believe, live and practice “it’s the thought that counts” instead of just saying the words.
- Gypset Goddess