It’s always been pretty easy for me to give gifts to people who matter to me. I like to do favors, or to help people in need. When I notice something good about someone who crosses my path, it’s easy to give a compliment. I believe in all that.
But it’s hard to receive the same. Receiving gifts can make me squirm. Asking for help is about as easy as moving a mountain. I can actually feel my fast turn as red as a tomato if I receive a compliment.
“Gee, I don’t know what to say,” I answered to a friend who gave me a compliment once. “Well, just say thank you and shut up. That’s enough,” she teased. I know she was right, but it was hard.
Recently, someone gave me a most wonderful gift. Bigger than I could even imagine. It was a total surprise. It was over the top. It REALLY made a difference in my life. I still struggle with feeling that I “deserve it”, or that it came with no strings attached. Just a loving, caring, wonderful gift. I am so, so, so grateful and amazed.
All I could say was “Thank you.” I hope it’s enough.
And I hope I live long enough to someday give a gift like that to somebody when they need it.
How about you? Have you ever gotten a heart stopping gift? Have you ever given one? How did it feel?
Christine Bush is an award winning, USA Today Bestselling author who has written many books and novellas of sweet romance and light mystery. She also writes Middle Grade Fiction. When she isn’t writing, she can be found working with clients as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, or teaching Psychology at a local college. She lives with her family and two crazy cats in northeastern Pennsylvania, and loves to hear from readers and aspiring writers.
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