A gift is not an obligation


I think I'll write more about letting go of gifts after the holidays but I wanted to share this little story.

I was riding the bus home today and sitting next to me was a very weathered-looking man with thick, long dreads. He was reading a small book on self-care which made my heart melt a little. I didn't catch the name of the book but I was able to sneak a peek at one page as I got up to leave. It said:

"When somebody gives you a gift, say "thank you". That is all you need to do. A gift is not an obligation."

I love the simplicity of this. It's a reminder of the grace in gift-giving and receiving. Something to keep in mind over the holidays!