When I buy wrapping paper, I buy it at the dollar store or on sale. The reason is that wrapping paper has almost no value in my eyes. It must meet two criteria: functional and appropriate. Other than that, it is just the mask that the gift wears before it is uncovered. A great gift makes up for horrible wrapping, the reverse is never true.
The best gifts have value regardless of their wrapping. The same goes for people. Many people spend all of their time on the wrapping. They’ve got the right clothes, watch, car, hair and cellphone but spend no time on their heart, empathy, love, respect or intelligence. They are empty eggshells.
In the world that keeps showing up on the news, we need to double down on the gifts and forget about the wrapping. People are dying over the wrapping because we have forgotten that there are gifts within all of us. Just remember that there is no “they”. They can’t fix this issue because “they” don’t exist. There is only you, me and us. Perhaps I live a world away from the problem but the way that I treat you will make each of us try to do better. If enough of us acts in this way then maybe we have a shot. Give people the best version of yourself, so that they can give you theirs back.
Have a great Monday!