I have passed that age when birthdays evoke a bulk of emotions- excitement, anxiety, curiosity, happiness. I don’t even remember who wished me, and more importantly who did not (it helps you in keeping a headcount of the people invited for the birthday party).
But now I’ve come to an age of overall consciousness, mind you I’m not always grateful for it. It makes me reflect upon my actions, and actions of those around me.
One such action which brought itself to my attention was that of gift-wrapping. As a kid I used to fret over both the gift and it’s wrapping paper. Now I realise that if I wrap a diamond necklace in an old box and a newspaper, the value of it won’t reduce. On the contrary, a twisted flavour of surprise might be beheld.
If a newspaper seems too extreme, then give my next idea a try. On my bestie’s birthday this year, I wrapped the gift in a plain white sheet of paper, embroidered with my best of wishes. I could add any quote which would suit the occasion, thus making it personalised. Won’t a handcrafted wrap (or a card, for that matter) reflect your emotions and hard work better than what someone else crafted in a factory?
After all, if we give it a thought, a gift wrap is not what’s precious, neither is the gift at times, but the thought that went behind it.
We have come to the time where each and every denizen of this planet needs to give thought to their actions. We have been created globalized, in the sense that each of our actions affect the other person in this globe. Even our small actions of gift-wrapping, using plastic wraps which in turn are non-biodegradable affects someone else’s access resources. And mind you, the affected are not of the present generation only. These thoughtless actions will amplify and reflect themselves in the lives of our successive generations. We are snatching away resources and opportunities from them. I present to you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the Guardians of the only planet with chocolate, i.e., Earth.
My prayer is to not be selfish, but give. Because the hand that gives is above the hand that takes.