Thursday, December 30, 2010

Reverb 10: Day 30 - Gift

Today's Reverb 10 Prompt:

December 30 – Gift

Prompt: Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?

(Author: Holly Root)

Is it lame to talk about an emotional gift to myself as being the most memorable?

Because if we're talking about emotional gifts, the gift of allowing myself to rest and be cared for (by myself and others), and also to believed that I am lovable and loved top my list for this year.  Honestly, I can't quite describe the difference that that has made in my life.  Nor can I describe the wonder at discovering that I am loved, and then being able to begin to love myself.

But if we're talking about tangible gifts, well, I'm going to go with a few different options.  I have two hoodies (both of which I wear at least once a week) that were given to me by my brothers and the women in their lives.  One was a birthday gift from all four of them.  The second was a Christmas gift from two of them.  A dear friend sent me a beautiful book of art for my anniversary of healing in November - art that so perfectly suits that occasion.  I got two fun and memorable gifts in the last week as well - the first was a Konad stamping nail art kit from my parents for Christmas.  I'm looking forward to many hours of playing with this, since one of my favorite ways to pamper myself is to paint my toenails.  It's going to be even more fun now that I have this totally slick way to add art to the pedicure.  The second gift my mom handed to me today when I walked into her house after work.  It was a SAD lamp, and I'm excited to see if it does make a difference in the way my mood and energy levels tend to lag in the long dark winter months.

There you have it, tangible AND intangible!