Truism Seventeen: The Gift is you.
It is difficult to understand completely in this commercialized, money-oriented, materialistic world that we have created that the greatest gift is you.
A couple of confessions:
First, when I was young, I’m not sure exactly why, I wanted to leave the smallest footprint possible on this Earth, wanted to affect the fewest people that I could, so that my end would hurt the fewest number of people possible. I thought I was giving them a gift and causing the least about of grief.
Second: When I was young, I felt I was a disappointment to my father. I was the child of his middle-age, born when he was 54. He retired when I was ten. He wanted to share good times with me, hunting, fishing, gardening, things he found important. None of these things were important to me. I was that geeky-type and preferred to spend time alone. I am still not certain if I was a disappointment or not.
I direct the following to those I have dedicated this work to; maybe it will strike a chord with more of you.
You are not a disappointment to me. Your existence is, just as my existence is, the most extraordinary gift you or I can imagine.