Gifts, they are on most of our minds this time of year. We anguish over giving them and receiving them, who needs one, who might give us one, why we give them. It is residue from that dominant holiday in our culture, at least the anguish is. Most of the gifts we really appreciate are the ones given from the heart, and specific to ourselves and the receiver. There is a strong alternative movement against all the commercialism. Give some cookies, or a hand-made necklace, a poem, hand-made card, or a special artifact of nature. Give something really personal, these things often have more meaning.
Thank you. Our thank you conversations are the flip side of gifts. We always say thank you, but we can’t help but betray what we feel most often. The enlightened honor that old saying, “It’s the thought that counts.” and really endeavor to feel it. It doesn’t matter if we already have two, or don’t need want or like it. It may even feel like an obligation or burden. Why did we not think of them and have a gift? Whatever we feel, as we accept it, we also know most times the giver instinctively senses our reaction, and it falls into a couple of categories. We loved it and appreciate it, we are ambivalent and it is a little awkward, or they sense our subtle dread at the responsibility of accepting it. However it takes place, we complete the gift-thank you ritual and keep moving, it is that busy time of year.
How can we avoid the stress of this time of gifts and thank you’s? What got me thinking about this was the ending of the Paganistan weekly. What a gift. JRob took the task of building a network of people, and a place to share personal and community events, applied his love and vision of a better community, and just ran with it. The list, Twin Cities Pagans had been around since year 2000. I found the post when JRob got involved , message # 649, Aug 18th, 2008:
I couldn’t find a place which listed the area Pagan events in one calendar, so I asked Robin and he said I could use the calendar from this group to keep track of events. So if you want to keep up on local Pagan events, check this group’s calendar. I’m on a bunch of local groups and I continually add things as I find them.
Oh, and I also updated the links section. But I’m not calling dibs. I hope that other people also feel free to add things.
Many Blessings, Jrob