When you stir to wakefulness today, just before you open your eyelids, what is the first thing you will think of? What thought will you shade your eyes with, for the day?

Will you see the day starting slowly, without your assistance and not needing your reassurance either? Will you notice how the stage is being prepared for your arrival before you come?

Will you smile up into the sky, marvelling at how grey and brown can look beautiful? And enjoy nature’s own showers the way you say you enjoy your machine-produced water parades?

Will you bring your own brand of humanness while you see the very many other kinds today, some brighter than you…and also see the ones that aren’t?

Will you stand firm but not unmovable and be your own best friend and hence do the world a service by not asking it to be responsible for your life?

Will you remember to aspire to perfection and strive for it but not get trapped in the chase? And to those who are, will you be a distraction, an inspiration, an alternate route or a competitor?

When you add a little dash of yourself to every minute, will it be arsenic or sugar or spice? The spoonful of you that you add to life….will it intoxicate or refresh or support?

Will you think joyfully, nostalgically of the past, even if it makes you an old fogie…simpy because it also makes you happy? And will you think of the future with trepedition but also a little excitement?

Will you treasure the child you have been? And protect him like you would your own, cherish her as you do those younger than yourself?

Will you respect your own dreams, forgive your own foibles, treasure your own imperfections since they make you so uniquely you? Will you fall in love with yourself today? 

Will you be more than a name, a body or a relationship? How about an idea, an emotion or even just a memory? 

What will you gift the world today?



12 thoughts on “Gift

  1. sense June 26, 2007 at 16:36 Reply

    sometimes your thoughts leave me speechless. This is one of those times.


  2. Alazyguy June 26, 2007 at 17:59 Reply

    Just a thought – does it have to do something of you becoming a year wiser? Another year gone through – introspection?


  3. {illyria} June 27, 2007 at 11:06 Reply

    this made me think. i don’t know, really. maybe a sense of wonder, of awe? instead of the same old boredom?


  4. rambler June 27, 2007 at 21:07 Reply

    “Will you treasure the child you have been? And protect him like you would your own, cherish her as you do those younger than yourself?”
    loved this…


  5. Ranjan June 27, 2007 at 22:52 Reply

    Wish you a belated happy b’day. What was the gift you gave to yrself?


  6. Rachna June 27, 2007 at 23:19 Reply

    As always, you astound me..


  7. ideasmith June 28, 2007 at 10:09 Reply

    @ sense, illyria, rambler, Rachna: Thank you very much, I feel really good about your comments to this particular post!

    @ Alazyguy: I think introspective is a permanent state with me. And it isn’t my birthday right now.

    @ Ranjan: See my comment above. But thank you anyway 🙂 I think I’ll give myself a day off from the world this year!


  8. Alazyguy June 28, 2007 at 14:31 Reply

    Sorry, there was a link somewhere related to your birthday. And I assummed it was now. I seem to now longer find that link too.

    Yes, introspection is not an infrequent state of mind for you, I have no doubts about it since I do visit your blog quite often.


  9. Alazyguy June 28, 2007 at 14:34 Reply

    Got the link. Sorry for being early.

    Did you know that a very famous Roman emperor was also born on the same day? I just remembered only the crab.


  10. Valhalla June 29, 2007 at 00:59 Reply

    Oh no! they’re coming to get me! The sirens are closer.. no.. wait.. oh crap! the damn alarm, maybe I can snooze again, the world can’t see me when my eyes are closed.
    Oh well, I can’t miss the meeting again.
    Trivial thoughts are all that course through my brain in the desolate tracts of semi-wakefulness. Wrapping my mind around the depth of your writings is beguiling even mid-day!


  11. ideasmith July 1, 2007 at 14:17 Reply

    @ Alazyguy: I’m flattered you took the time to investigate. You refer to Julius Ceaser, I believe? He gave his name to the month of my birth but I think he was born on the 4th.

    @ Valhalla: 🙂 Crap….


  12. Valhalla July 3, 2007 at 01:22 Reply

    @Ideasmith: Oh yes, that’s another thing I do as I drift out of wakefulness! 😉


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