The true thought behind something makes it either a blessing or a weight like an albatross around the neck. This thought came to mind the other day when I lost or misplaced an expensive estate ring. I bought it at Macy’s but the saleswoman told me that it was considered to be an estate ring upon purchase a few years back.
After losing it, I had to work through the process of letting it go. I wondered whether the original owner would even want me to wear it. Perhaps I was sporting something that was not indicative of well-wishes.
However, I enjoyed its beauty for a few years; but in all honesty, it had been slipping off my finger quite frequently in the past few weeks. Like anything else, it was subtly saying that it was time to let it go.
With a little more wisdom, I could quietly release it and ponder the spiritual lesson being taught in this situation. I thought about the whole notion of gift giving and realized that if something is given to us in a begrudged fashion or in a sense of indebtedness, it probably will not fare well for long. Eventually, it may become a source of remorse.
Yet, a child can give us something as simple as a picture of a flower on a post-it note and that picture can light up the home like a candle. That is because it was given from the heart and in a spirit of love. The thought behind a gift can make all the difference in bringing on tears of sorrow or smiles of joy!
Lynn M. May 6, 2017