Although our culture puts a great deal of emphasis on gift giving for the holidays, some of the most treasured gifts that I’ve received¬†over the years¬†have been ‘words’¬†given by friends or family. The gifts have been¬†poems, phrases or sayings, some personally authored. As you might guess,¬†often the words¬†refer to¬†nature: but not always.
Frequently, holiday gifts I’ve received¬†have been¬†forgotten after a season or two.¬†For¬†several years though, I’ve¬†kept¬†the ‘word’ gifts stowed away¬†in a¬† box¬†in my closet.¬†¬†Every so often, I treat myself and read some of them.¬†After doing so, when I return to my¬†everyday activities, I feel more grounded, happier and at peace. These words¬†are treasures that I will have for¬†a lifetime.¬†What better gifts could I ask for ?
I thought during this holiday season that it would be special if we shared some of our favorite¬†words with each other.¬†They can¬†be anything:¬†a¬†quote, a phrase, a poem or your own thoughts.¬† Who knows? Perhaps your words will end up as a gift given¬†to someone thousands of miles away.
Here are the words I’ve chosen.
¬†“A Singing Cleaning Woman” by Hafiz
A leaf says,
“Sweethearts —–don’t pick me,
For I am busy doing
I am lowering my veins and roots
With buckets tied to them
Into the earth’s deep
I am drawing water
That I offer like a rose to
I am a singing cleaning woman
Dusting all the shelves in
With my elegant green
I have a heart.
I can know happiness like