A gift is an item given to someone without the expectation of payment or reciprocity.
What is the best gift that you can give anyone?
The best gift you can give anyone is your time. Time is a currency of respect. It is a gesture of respect that you are thinking of and giving the person priority over everything else. Spending quality time with anyone no matter how much it is, 1 minute or 120 minutes, it does not matter. That 1 minute or 120 minutes is enough to create a memory which with last a lifetime.
There is this Dad who is on his way to work. Stopped at a set of red lights, he calls his office and tells them that he is taking the day off and cancels all his meetings and appointments for the day. Why did he cancel an important meeting, why did he call off everything for the day and move his appointments? Sitting in traffic at the set of lights, the dad had to weigh between work and appointments and the memory his little princess will carry with her for the rest of her life.
He did this for his little girl. It was the last day of the school term and it was the day the parents had to meet the teacher at the school. Dad’s little princess jumped with joy when he went back home and surprised her. That day, this dad decided to give the gift of time to and create a memory with his little girl.
This Dad is a workaholic, works 6 days a week and does not bat an eyelid to work on a Sunday if he has to. He loves what he does and is a man who can fix anything. He values friendships and relationships and respects everyone ’s time. He is a man who believes in spending quality time with people who matter the most in his life. He is a great believer in gifting memories, memories of quality time spent together. A working lunch, a cup of tea on the couch, a walk in the morning to start the day with or a candlelight dinner with a loved one, he switches off from everything and everyone else when he is with you and gives you undivided attention. I have received many many gifts from him, many many memories that both of us will carry and cherish for the rest of our lives.
Just like a hug and a kiss which you cannot receive unless you give, the gift of time is something that you cannot receive unless you decide to give up everything else to be with the one who you want to receive the gift of time from.
Memories, I believe are gifts that last a lifetime.