I left my camera in a friend’s car. Well, he’s not really a friend. We’re dating, kinda. Dating light, if you will.
Back to the camera. It’s in his car, in Pennsylvania. He’s sending it back to me. He’s not the world’s biggest romantic, but I keep hoping there will be a small gift in there. I figure, since he’s bothering to send something of mine to me, why not throw in something else? As a thank you? As a gesture of kindness and romance?
I don’t think that will happen, though I like to play around with the idea it might. Gifts are good and kind and brighten people’s spirits. Perhaps the gift has already been given. Either in my own mind or in the time spent with said gentleman.
Here’s what the eternal experts have to say:
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. ~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver. ~Thomas á Kempis
The only gift is a portion of thyself. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. ~Seneca
But it is a cold, lifeless business when you go to the shops to buy something, which does not represent your life and talent, but a goldsmith’s. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Gifts,” Essays, Second Series, 1844
If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. ~George MacDonald
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. ~Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur
If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving. Take what you are given, not what you want to be given. Give what cannot be taken. ~Idries Shah
To give and then not feel that one has given is the very best of all ways of giving. ~Max Beerbohm