The Gift of Presence
Love and Relationships -  My 66-day Journey of Healing Through Writing and Sharing

The Gift Of Presence

Today is Christmas day. We’re really not into celebrating the festival in any grand way. No exchange of presents. But I’d like to reflect on the gift of presence today.

Growing up, I’ve seen too much of frantic rushing around to make Christmas just so! Family getting cross with each other because things were not going to plan, or someone was not pulling their weight. The need to put up a good front added pressure. Christmas left me feeling empty and lonely. I didn’t realize that my introverted self was having a hard time coping. Having understood this in recent years, I guard my energy and time around this season. I’d rather spend time in reflection and having quiet, special meals with my husband.

This beautiful story, is a powerful reminder of just how important the gift of presence is.

One Christmas morning during World War II, some soldiers were walking down a road to London when they came to an orphanage. They knocked on the door and a matron explained that the children had been orphaned during the bombings in London. The soldiers visited the children, and gave them little gifts – a pencil, a stick of gum, a piece of candy. One of the soldiers saw a little fellow standing in the corner. He went up to the boy and asked, “And you little guy what do you want for Christmas?” The lad replied, “Will you hold me?” With tears brimming in his eyes, the soldier picked up the little boy and held him closely.

(William B, A World of Stories)

In a world so full of hate and despair, I think the best thing we can offer each other is our authentic presence. And in the last few weeks, I’ve made a conscious effort to carve out time to spend with others. This is something I want to continue to do in 2024. Offering the gift of presence to people.

Who are you giving your ‘presence’ to this Christmas? Think of someone who needs to be ‘held’ and be there for them. Give the greatest gift you can give – yourself.

Have a meaningful Christmas!

This is Day 60  of My 66-day Journey of Healing Through Writing and Sharing.


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An inspirational writer, a creativity and writing trainer/coach, I write about life, gratitude, healing, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. I offer training/coaching to anyone looking to explore their creativity and heal through writing via The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter, Bytes of Gyaan, on Substack.

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