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

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27 Responses to Gifts

  1. CM says:

    Enjoy your Christmas holiday  with your favorite poet.  And thanks for reminding us that no matter how small, we have something to share.  Thinking of the widow\’s mite.  Have a blessed Christmas. hugs, mtgal

  2. PJ says:

    Good Morning Jorge,
    Your favorite Poet is back!! What a loving son you have. Merriest of the Holidays to you and your family.
    I breathed a song into the air,
    It fell to Earth, I knew not where;
    For who has sight so keen and strong,
    That it can follow the flight of song—-
    The song from beginning to end,
    I found again in the heart of a friend.
      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Merry Christmas my Friend.
    Until next time..Keep Smiling.

  3. Aimee says:

    *~*   :o) if you don’t have a smile to give today…  :o) I will give you one of mine…  :o)   *~*

  4. Yours Truly says:

    During the holidays we mark the longer daylight hours, new beginnings, and the possibility of both giving and receiving gifts of peace, joy, and hope during the coming year.  May wonderful Christmas blessings of good health and prosperity be yours. 
    Peace on Earth ~ Truly

  5. Marge says:

    Sage advice, my good friend.
    But… Too often people address obvious human need–homelessness, poverty, illness–but fail to note the subtle signs of need amongst their own immediate circle of family and aquaintences. I hope your readers, as they open their generous hearts to those among us who are in dire need, will be likewise be open to the pensive teenager in need of someone to listen to them (to REALLY listen), the troubled adults who offer a well-practiced smile while their world is slowly disintegrating around them, the frantic clerk at the cash register woking so hard to complete a transaction and apologizing for mistakes made in the process (sometimes "I\’m in no hurry" will mean the world to that person, even if the statement isn\’t comlpletely accurate…).
    My beloved lives by the following statement: "Be kinder than necessary to everyone you meet, because you don\’t know the other person\’s struggles." I\’m working at making a better effort myself.
    Have a safe, peaceful; holiday season, Jorge, and thank you for the past years\’ friendship. You are a gentleman in the finest sense of the word.

  6. David says:

    Great that you get to spend time with the poet.  As to the tale, I agree that the ability to give the stone is a great gift – I can\’t think of anyone I know who wouldn\’t agree I\’d be the better for it. 

  7. Armando says:

    Thank you for visiting me. You always make me smile when you visit.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. I am glad your favorite poet is there. Enjoy the holiday season!
    I love the story about gifts and giving.

  8. dawn says:

    (hugs)Jorge\’totally love the story you shared on The Wise Woman\’s Stone!! one of the best parables i\’ve ever heard. with your permission, i\’d like to post it and help spread light. may i, please?? let me know asap, okay?  and hey, i haven\’t an inkling on reigning "supreme" was just pondering upon certain tantric verses on life  :P…i understand the pain of being apart from loved ones, the yearning to physically touch, smell, look at them and jubilation at reunions cos my family is too dispersed across the globe. to me: family, love and gratitude is the essence of life itself…anyhow, enuff rambling. i came to tell you that im grateful to have met you for in many ways i feel a certain connection with you, plus you have taught me many lessons through your posts and comments. lastly i brought you three tiny tidings of joy this Christmas—laughter,blessings,
    and a tune♪.with affection, dawn

  9. KatSoup says:

    Hi Jorge,
    I loved this.  I dont know what else to say.  I\’m feeling greedy now.

  10. sweeti's says:

    Ur Christmas present  ..such beautiful words   to describe ur son yes???
    i love the  words of Evertt  Hale..
    My husband always  put me with my feet back on the ground….U cant help the whole world…I know..
    and yesterday i was talking with a friend in Mombasa….Imagine  Jorge..everyone on this earth   will do a lil bitty bit  for a person in need…Imagine..would that be nice  or  would that be  awesome.Imagine   America  will not send armies anymore..and spend the money on Africa  or  other  poor countries   normal drinking water…a well  cost 39 euro.Imagine   its possible  it is.
    But who is gonna start??  Ppl  who have the heart on the right place..yes..they can do a bit..i saw  a charity company of Belgium finishing a well  in a very dry  area No rain for  a year…and now..for 39 euro  Yes  that smallampunt  100 ppl have water…clear water….we flush drinking water trough the toilet…
    I wish u a wonderful time with ur family during these  special days…and lots of love for u and ur loved ones
    and those  lines…
    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
    Tx for sharing Can u put these on the front page  of a local magazine???

  11. dawn says:

    thanksJorgefor enlightenment, generosity and spirit of sharing 🙂 Merci, dawn

  12. Holy says:

    What a great gift….enjoy your time this season, however fleeting.
    And that\’s for skipping your stone around…I first typed \’passing\’ but \’passing your stone\’ – I dunno, that sounded so clinical and well, wrong.
    Be well, you.

  13. Deborah says:

    Enjoy the poet, and have a Merry Christmas.
    Blessed be

  14. Kathryn says:

    What a beautiful story….*smiling*
    Just stopped by and I am glad to see you so happy!
    Always a pleasure…

  15. Jane says:

    Christmas blessings to you and yours 🙂

  16. fiona.xue says:

    wish you a great Xmas holidays.

  17. Anastasia says:

    A lovely story and a reminder that sometimes our greatest asset – or our greatest weakness – is our own character.  By both deed and example, our character can be a part of the gift we give to others.  I shall try to worry less about what I have and focus a bit more on who I am.  I hope your Christmas plans are going well and that you have many more happy meetings of framily and friends.

  18. Jane says:

    However you choose to celebrate the holiday, my hope is that it is a peaceful, pleasant time for you and yours 🙂

  19. Holy says:

    How is your pre-Christmas visiting going?
    We are at my in-laws in Canada and the kids are enjoying their time with their grandparents.  I forgot how cold winters can be here….definitely not southern California here.  But the rosy cheek thing and the cool air and the snow – it\’s all part of my christmas past thing so it\’s nice.

  20. Joe says:

    Hey J,
    Happy Holidays.

  21. Embrace says:

    Hi there . Hope you are well and enjoying the Season.
    Merry Christmas to you and your Family . Thanks for all your visits and words of wisdom.

  22. Hope says:

    Hi, Wishing you and yours a beautiful and loveing Christmas..
    happy that your fav poet is home..
    thank you for this lovely post.. and its message.. your posts are always so real and inspiring.
    thank also for coming over to Essence of: and visiting me..
    again Merry Christmas to you and your family..
    soft hugs ~Hope

  23. LORI says:

    Dear Jorge,
    May you also have a very Merry and Blessed Christmas with family and friends.
    Thanks for your kind words you left for me about my adorable grandbaby.
    Love, Lori

  24. Rama says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family. Rama.

  25. Jill says:

    Dear Jorge,
    Wishing you a nice holiday season. As to giving gifts, I think the best gift one can have is that of self-knowledge which lets everyhting else flow and develop as nature intended.

  26. Holy says:

    happy new year to you and your fam damily.
    Any resolutions?

  27. Jungle Mama says:

    Yea for you!  I\’m so glad the poet came home Christmas 🙂  And I love your wise woman story; it will remain with me for years.  Thank you.

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