“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.”~Mohandas K. Gandhi”
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With Christmas fast approaching I keep getting asked by loved ones “What do you want for Christmas?” Which I really truly have no answer but it reminds me of a great story.
At a party given by a billionaire on Shelter Island, Kurt Vonnegut informs his pal, Joseph Heller, that their host, a hedge fund manager, had made more money in a single day than Heller had earned from his wildly popular novel Catch 22 over its whole history. Heller responds, “Yes, but I have something he will never have . . . Enough.”
It’s a powerful story and the chances are if you are reading this, then you too have enough. If you’re like me everyone you are buying gifts for this holiday season also has enough.
How many people can even recall everything they received last year, or how many couples are resentful when their partner doesn’t get them the ‘right’ thing, and how many more pick out exactly what they want with their partner in order to avoid the former?! So what’s the solution to gift giving for the person who has enough (which is all of us)?
Give the gift of memories. My parents took this advice and instead of giving each other ANYTHING they’ve decided to go on a weekend trip to Boise, experience something new together and go on a sleigh ride. No resentment, no pressure, and not another useless gadget taking up space.
Plan B if you are not giving an experience be sure to make it thoughtful, if you must give a tangible gift it should be personal. Just yesterday I received a beautiful custom shutterfly coffee table book in the mail from a friend, filled with pictures from the Sturgis motorcycle rally that I attend for Danny Gray Seats. It contains so many wonderful memories bound in a book that I will cherish forever.
More importantly not only do you have enough, you are enough.
Are you giving something thoughtful this year or opting out of traditional gift giving in leu of a experience? Do you have an idea or a tradition that controls massive consumption?? If so let us know in the comments below.
Merry Christmas to all y’all!