Gifts

We’ve been given many gifts.

This evening, as I ran down the dusky streets of my neighborhood, I realized what a gift it is to be healthy, to breathe in cold air and feel exhilarated.

It’s a gift to be able to see the world around you and appreciate things like red leaves, the color of the sky, and the brilliance of a beautiful smile.

It’s a gift to be able to hear sounds like people laughing, words pronounced very correctly, and the score of a movie.

It’s a gift to be able to make people happy, and to be able to laugh at yourself.

It’s a gift to know people who love you. It isn’t popularity that matters, just love.

It’s a gift to know that you have a home, and when you get there, your family will be inside, mail will be in the mailbox, dinner will be on the table, and work will be in your bookbag. Even if the work is hard or dinner is late, everything will be all right.

It’s a gift to have work to do, and to have work done. “There is a time for work, and there is a time for love. That leaves no other time.” — Coco Chanel

It’s a gift to be able to give. Give love, give time, give help, give friendship. All of those things are gifts we’ve received and we must in turn give them away.

“No one ever became poor by giving.” — Anne Frank

Appreciate every gift you’ve been given, and take every chance to give one to someone else.

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