I recently received a special gift a ‘A Little Bag of Hope” – it was given on completion of a WRAP course for volunteers supporting those with mental health issues.

The list tells it all …

Smarties to remind you that you are wise and knowledgeable
A star to remind you to keep shining brightly
A paperclip to help you hold things together
An eraser to fix the small mistakes
A rubber band to help you stretch beyond your limits
A balloon to lift your spirits when they are down
A coloured pencil to make your day colourful and bright
A band-aid to fix the small ‘bumps’ you may experience
A smiley face to remind you that laughter is the best medicine
A match to light your spark of hope
A candle to keep your fire burning brightly
A seed to remind you that growth is always possible
Glitter for that extra sparkle in your life
Sticky tape to remind you to stick to it
A feather to lighten your load when it feels too heavy
A pipe cleaner to remind you to be flexible
A bouncy ball to remind that life will always bounce back!

But the most precious gift I’ve ever been given is ‘life’!

A fun gift I gave a troubled young widow was a package of brightly wrapped parcels each containing a gift for one of the senses.

CQ 8: Please share a gift that you’ve received and one that you’ve given?