This has been a long and fulfilling road. My journey out of the darkness and back into myself has given me so much to reflect on. Along the way I have received so many tangible and intangible gifts. Some were big and others were very small….all of them are near and dear to my heart. Back when I started my daily giving, one of the things that I noticed was that when you give a gift, you immediately, receive a gift. Giving is it’s own reward. Giving gifts ‘liberates’ both the giver and the receiver, in that moment. What becomes ultimately important is the shared experience. The act of giving becomes supreme for a small amount of time. Giving daily is like polishing your compassion stone. It has lifted my life from a very dark place…And I still use it to this day to help me face my demons, head on. Compassion not only for others, but for myself as well. I am eternally grateful to this process and I am fully committing to it for the rest of my life. I love doing this.
Being that this post is about giving and receiving I want to talk about the many gifts I have received. Since The Gift Prolific started, I have met hundreds (possibly thousands) of people. Many of them with their own stories about depression, anxiety, fears, art, work, life, gifting, Burning Man, family, etc. Many of these people have given gifts back to me….some immediately in our time spent together. Some of them in other ways. I would like to take a few posts over the next week or two to talk about some of these gifts received. I am grateful to have all of you in my life. I am so appreciative to all of you, who read this blog. Thank you very much. You inspire me to keep things going, and be the best I can be. So let the next few posts clearly express my attitude of gratitude.
I guess now is a really good time to thank Theresa, my wife. Theresa made countless dinners, put the baby to bed too many times, and did more than her share of house stuff while I was sequestered in my tiny studio…..usually stressing about paintings, staying up too late, and forgetting to take care of myself. The whole Gift Prolific would have just been an idea had she not supported me the entire way. She has always supported my art and it was amazing that she put up with the project taking so much time out of our relationship. We have been together for 11 years. She is truly a gift.