If money is no object or every penny counts, getting present giving right is tenuous at best… an accident waiting to happen at worst.
Trust comes into the equation of giving. Defined as: care–duty–hope–assurance and expectation, trust is paramount but so often precarious, tentative and uncertain.
Money is often referred to as ‘means’. An interesting definition. What does money mean?
The successful present is not about monetary value, it is about listening throughout the year. Hearing, not telling or knowing.
Listening, perhaps the greatest gift in a couple’s demonstration of intimacy and being placed as number one to each other, is about taking notice,hanging on words, pricking up your ears and remembering.
Often in the consulting room, money becomes a representation of unspoken yet deeply felt hurts/joys, anger/pleasure, resentments/closeness, rejection/inclusion and other opposites.
Presents given with love rather than apology, showing power, conscience ridden or a bribe will be cherished for life. Car boot sales are full of present disasters. The trained eye, however, will spot one given with love, buy it and feel the aura of a loving couple’s history. The feeling will then spread to an unknown source. This, in turn will become part of a chain of listeners and lovers.
The most revealing programme of late about lasting couples was about how similiar the selected couples were – despite privilege and entitlement for some and hardship and struggling for others. Both put family, home, understanding by listening and kindness at the head of their priority lists. Duty and hard work is a by-product of these needs.
One of the few times the Queen has been seen to shed a public tear was at the decommissioning of The Royal Yacht Britannia. The only place when not on official business the couple could really be off duty. As near to ordinary as possible. Even in their carefully chosen furniture and possessions on board, a more ordinary and less opulent existence was apparent.
The more cocooned money makes couples, it can, at the same time rob them of awareness about and trust in the other.
A simple paperback book, picture, gadget, tool etc seen and admired by a partner from January onwards, may be the most intimate and loving present to turn up on 25th December or at a birthday or anniversary. Hints will be dropped along the way. Listen, take note and file them in your mind for the next present giving day.