The greatest gift on earth is presence.
Being present means showing up physically, and devoting your undivided attention (emotionally, mentally, and spiritually) to another human being.
It is being there for another person when they’re facing the worst day of their life.
It is being there with someone in their most triumphant moment.
It is laughing with them when life is ridiculously funny.
It is holding their hand the day they are born... and the day they die.
Being present is sharing those brief precious moments in life that are both gone in an instant and whose memories can last a lifetime.
Presence is one of the few gifts that is both free and priceless at the same time.
It is one of the few gifts that is as precious to the rich as it is to the poor... to the 100-year-old as it is to the 1-year-old.
Who has been present in your life? Whose lives have you been present in?
If you happen to celebrate a gift-giving holiday this time of year, recognize that the greatest gift in the world is not a present.
It is presence.