Christmas Joy 2023

Day 358 Week 52 Q4 Monday, December 25, 2023

I don’t know about you, but I have accumulated many things during the course of the last year that I intended to give myself to use but which remain unopened, like gifts on Christmas morning. And today, I’m determined to give myself some of those stockpiled gifts.

Perhaps the most significant gift of all that you can give to yourself is yourself. Yes, at this time of year, we tend to give a lot of gifts to a lot of people, or at least some of us do. Some of the new tools and toys that I have accumulated lie still wrapped in the original packaging, but the greatest unwrapped package may be the potential that you have not yet manifested.

All of us have unrealized dreams and unmanifested talents, and this is a good day to unwrap some of them. It is hard to know why we hold back much of the time, waiting for the right time to do something that never comes. Well, today is the day to let it come; take out that old dream for a spin by unwrapping some of your unused skills. I am sure you have many because life gets in the way, making us all underachievers to some degree.

Perhaps this is a good day to give yourself permission to be who you really are. In addition to gifting others in the traditional way, you can still gift yourself with yourself. How can you give yourself to yourself? Just pick one of the numerous things that you have been meaning to do and already have accumulated the parts or tools for, and do it. I am neither advocating being selfish nor narcissistic, but giving yourself permission to be who you are or who you really want to be.

If you give yourself to yourself, there is no question that everybody else around you will benefit, too. When you deprive yourself of yourself, you are also depriving everyone else of you as well because the real has not shown up yet. Being the best you that you can be, the one you know that you can be, the one you are equipped for, and the one you have already accumulated the tools and skills to activate is a terrific gift. You can give yourself that everyone else will benefit from.

And you are the only one who can give this to you, and no one else has that power. And no one else has the ability to withhold it from you, either. This is between you and the universe, no one else. Take the special day to give yourself that special gift, which is yourself. I do not mean to not spend today with others. This has nothing to do with that. This just means showing up as fully as you can.