Accept the Gift

With gratitude comes grace

Deborah Barchi
Jan 6 · 2 min read
Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash

Imagine a friend, walking up to you, smiling, handing you a simply-wrapped gift.

Imagine you untying the ribbon, lifting the lid, and gazing inside.

Imagine you crying, “ Oh, I don’t want this gift! I want something else!”

Makes you cringe a bit, doesn’t it? How ungracious… how ungrateful…how unkind.

Yet, I feel we do this every day, perhaps many times a day, when we belittle or neglect our God-given gifts, wishing peevishly for something else.

Something that will make us more money, garner us more recognition, make us feel more exceptional.

I speak from experience. All my life I have known that my primary talent is centered in words. A passion for words has been my lodestone, drawing me like a sliver of steel to a magnet.

Over the years I have written essays, stories, poetry, and journals, some published, some shared with friends, some merely stuffed in my sagging metal file cabinet.

All my life, since childhood, I have known I have “a way with words.” Most of my life I have been glad about having this talent.

Yet just a few days ago, taking a brisk morning walk ,I found myself thinking, as I have sometimes in the past, “Imagine if I were an artist? I could draw and paint all the beauty around me. Or what if I were a musician and could fill the world with beautiful songs?”

“Or what if I were a graceful dancer, or a sculptor, or an actress?”

Even as I imagined these things, another thought rushed through my mind, “What if instead of wishing to be someone else, I decided to be happy and grateful for who I am, right now?

“Imagine, “ I thought to myself, “if I turned to God and said, “So thanks for this gift with words, but I’m kind of bored. Can I have something else?”

I shudder when I think of such a selfish request and vow not to be so churlish and ungrateful for all the blessings of my life.

I remind myself to accept all gifts gratefully, be they large or small. Be they God-given, life-defining gifts; or gifts as simple as a shell found on a beach, or a hug from a friend.

And when you think of it, that shell and that hug, are gifts from God as well. When gratitude becomes as natural as breathing, we are all illuminated with grace.

Photo by Analia Ferrario on Unsplash

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Deborah Barchi

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Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays. 824drb@gmail.com

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Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays. 824drb@gmail.com

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