Monday, January 30, 2012


So often, the organisers of events, where I get invited to speak, invest a lot of time and money in buying a present that I refuse to accept. What would I do with over 100 pointless presents in a year? I do convey my sentiments to the organisers, well in advance, but it is a modern malady to involve in a regressive ritual of unnecessary gifts.

Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and festivals are now occasion to hand over uncalled for gifts. Most of these languish in storage space. In fact, buying gifts obligate friends to do the same, even if they cannot afford it. Even the resort of recycling is redundant as it consumes energy and resources.

My father would insist that the best present is the gift of time. But we do not want to part with our precious resource and hence we choose to offer pointless presents. The best of intentions are meaningless when the eventual action is the gift of trash or the burden of obligation. It would be better to decide to not receive or give pointless presents.

Let us offer our time and attention instead. Spending time together empowers the quality of relationship. To satisfy the great need of attention is truly a sensible thing to do. And it creates a wonderful obligation in that person to return your love and attention...

To BE BETTER at bring to fruition sincere intention...
Instead of pointless presents, gift timely attention!

- Pravin K. Sabnis

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