Friday, November 13, 2009

Gift Update

So...the 29 Gifts. It's fun and interesting and very revealing, but not in a way I could have predicted.

In the first week, every day I gave away several things. Not as part of the plan, simply because giving opportunities arose. Each time I realized how many things I'd given away in one day, I thought, "Gee. I wish XXX happened on a different day. It could have been my gift for a day."

After a week of this, I realized how frequently I give things away. I say this not to pat myself on the back but out of a new realization that I've never stopped trying to be good enough, never outgrown trying to earn love with gifts.

By the end of the first week, I changed my tactics with 29 Gifts. Now, every day I give a gift to someone else. I also give one to myself.

Giving to myself is harder. 

For one thing, the gifts aren't tangible. Instead, I give myself the gift of working out even when time is pressed by the needs of others. I give myself the gift of choosing iced tea when Coca Cola is singing its sweet siren song. I give myself the gift of cooking healthy food instead of grabbing something quick.

I love the idea of giving a gift every day. After nearly two weeks of the plan, I especially love the idea of giving with intention. Intention lets me distinguish between giving from my heart and giving in an effort to earn love or acceptance or friendship. 

Recognizing that difference is one of the biggest gifts I've ever gotten.


Michelle O'Neil said...

I ordered the book and can't wait to read it! Love the gifts to yourself Jerri. Bravo!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Sounds like the gifts are going to keep giving for a long, LONG time to come! I love this!

Deb Shucka said...

I love this so much! I'm so proud of you for finally valuing yourself as much as you do everyone else - and maybe even close to as much as your friends value you. Love.

cheryl said...

Wonderful. And insight is a delightful gift from the Universe.

Amber said...

I love this.


kario said...

Such mindfulness! I love it and I can't wait to start finding excuses to give myself gifts, too.

You inspire me!