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Gifts In Goldy’s Corner

There’s so much more to a gift than the gift itself. I began to realize this as I entered high school. Remembering this, I now cherish every priceless thing I receive from someone. I wanted to share this message with you because it has truly transformed my perspective.

When I was younger, I wasn’t always kind. I made my own money early on, which made me arrogant and snobby for a while. I’m not proud of that, but I’ve grown and changed since then. I believe change, especially self-improvement, is one of the greatest gifts we can receive. It makes you reflect deeply on things.

When you start getting everything you want through your own efforts, it can give you a false sense of power. You might miss the beauty and simplicity around you because you’re not yet mature enough to appreciate it fully.

I had relatives who didn’t have much money, and every holiday was likely stressful for them as they tried to ensure all the kids had something to unwrap. Sometimes, the gifts were from thrift stores or slightly damaged. I often made fun of them in my mind and occasionally let a snide comment slip to a cousin.

It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how financially stressful it must have been for them. The true gift was their thoughtfulness, but I was too immature to appreciate it then.

As I grew older, my mom would take me to the mall for back-to-school shopping. As a typical teenager, I found it annoying. After all I “knew it all.”  She always wanted to see me try on outfits and give her feedback. In my youthful arrogance, I failed to see that she just wanted to be included and connected. Hindsight is such a b****.  Now, what I wouldn’t give to hear her voice again. That was part of the gift.

She always paid for everything, but when I was about 16, I realized the money came from her disability checks. My mom was like the giving tree, always putting others first. During one shopping trip, I finally understood her sacrifice. So, I picked out only two clearance items and told her it was enough. I remember her little eyes looking at me confused saying “is that all you’re going to get for back to school?” I responded well of course! You got me so many great things last year. This is exactly what I need to complete the collection! She smiled and I can tell my white lie did what it was intended to do.

Goldy after one of her first “shopping sprees”

Let me share another story. A beautiful girl I once knew received a faux cashmere sweater from a boy who was trying to date her. He didn’t have much money, so it must have taken him a lot of hours to afford it. She laughed at the gift and dismissed it. She completely turned her nose up at it laughing saying to me, “like I would ever wear this?” “Are you crazy?” My heart hurt for him but also for my friend. She didn’t understand the true meaning of his gift.

Goldy and Grace recreating the previous epic photo. She died 10 days later.

Recently, a friend dropped off an enormous gift at my door. I didn’t have room for it and thought about returning it. Then, I remembered the true gift: someone thought of me, spent their hard-earned money, and wanted to add value to my life. Sometimes, you need to honor the sentiment behind a gift, especially if the giver might not be around much longer. She was so excited when she said, “I knew when I saw this that it would be perfect for you!”

The true gift of the gift isn’t the item itself; it’s the thought behind it. It’s knowing you are in someone’s mind and heart.

The next time someone takes the time to give you something, remember this message. With all of the noise all of the distractions everyone on their phones tablets and devices, it’s an absolute miracle anybody even remembers who the hell you are. Make the biggest deal possible and celebrate someone’s decision to make you number one. Celebrate and cherish their thoughtfulness.

Gratitude is essential.

Practice it every day.

Recognize the true gift in every gift. ❤️

PS, to everyone who has contributed to our current video campaign: while I appreciate the monetary value of your donations, it’s your names in the credits that will stay with me forever.

#GoldyKnows

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