My Christmas present has arrived early. My favorite poet flew home yesterday to share the holidays with his family and his friends. Words fail to describe my unbounding joy in having him here with us. Though the threads of daily emails and frequent phone calls keep us closely connected, there is no substitute for being able to give him a hug or to see him smile. As we prepare to celebrate another yuletide season, I share with you one of my favorite stories about gifts and giving.
The Wise Woman’s Stone
A wise woman was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. " I’ve been thinking," he said, " I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."
I hope this Christmas each of you will share something precious to you with one who is in need.
" I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do." – Edward Everett Hale