The Perfect Gift

By on 13 December, 2017 in Holidays, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

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As I was reviewing my emails today, I ran across this quote by Henry David Thoreau: “That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” And it struck me how very true that is, particularly at this time of the year when we are all tempted (and, everywhere we turn, encouraged) to spend, spend, spend.

Frankly, most of the folks on my Christmas gift list are at the point in life where they have at least one of most everything, and multiples of many. I finally understand why my parents used to tell me, “I don’t need anything — just your presence is the most valuable gift you can give us.”

Yes, our presence and our time is to those who love us a very precious commodity. So I am today committed to thinking about people in my world who are givers. For example, about a dozen hardy souls braved the cold and sleet last Friday night to staff the Capri. And at least 100 — maybe more — came out to enjoy “It’s a Wonderful Life” and also to participate in the second annual sockball fight. At least 500 socks were gleefully lobbed at fellow patrons then collected by those volunteers to benefit Montgomery’s homeless population.

So let’s all vow to do at least some of our gifting this holiday like my friend Pat Zaby encourages:

The gift of really listening without interrupting, daydreaming or planning your response can be exactly what people want when they have something important to say.

The gift of affection with appropriate hugs, kisses and pats on the back can demonstrate your love for family and friends better than words.

The gift of laughter by sharing articles, cartoons and funny stories will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

The gift of a simple, written note shows sincerity and real heartfelt sentiment that may be remembered for a lifetime and could even change a life.

The gift of a sincere compliment supports a person’s need to be accepted and appreciated. “You look great in that color,” “That was outstanding,” or “I really enjoyed that,” can make someone’s day.

The gift of random kindness or good deeds like holding a door or allowing someone to move ahead of you in a checkout lane shows respect for others.

Your smile, however, may be your most rewarding gift. Invariably, the person receiving the smile will in turn, smile back. The gift you gave will now be given back to you. It will be the right size and you can always use one more smile.

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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