Saturday, December 24, 2011

Pretty Packages




I’ve always been a fan of the simple things and recently while having dinner with an old friend from college he revealed to me that he didn’t know how to wrap presents. For years he had been buying gifts and then finding a close friend or family member to wrap them. I found that hilarious because this man has an MBA. He can program your computer, help run a department within a multi-billion dollar company and change his own oil but can’t wrap a simple box in colorful paper. He said in the past his brother tried to show him but it didn’t go very well.  After dinner, I brought him to my house to give him a quick lesson.

Wrapping gifts truly is a simple task and he mastered it with ease. The smile of accomplishment on his face as he wrapped the presents he bought earlier in the day was priceless.  I must say those were some really nice gifts he purchased. I’m sure the recipients will love them. He gave me a hug of gratitude and was on his way with his beautifully wrapped gifts in hand to play Santa Clause for his loved ones.

After he left, I thought about those packages and how they relate to people. How many of us spend hours putting pretty packaging on our bodies leaving others to wonder what lies beneath. If someone took the time to peel back the designer clothes, make-up and whipped hair dos what would they find? Is there anger, pain, or other emotional turmoil, financial stress, or untreated health issues that have been there for years and the owner of it is too afraid or refuses to address it. Or would they see something even more beautiful that what’s on the outside? A happy person, who has taken the time to invest in themselves in order to make sure they can adequately take care of themselves and the people they love. When trouble rears its head she addresses it properly in order to resume her happy life. Those problems she can fix she does and those she can’t, she learns to deal with. Only you can answer that question but as we go into the New Year let’s continue to work on ourselves…growing and improving every step of the way. We all have issues but the key is to deal with them, not sweep them under the rug and hope no one notices.  I don’t ever want anyone to get to know me and say I’m just a pretty package.


Jae Henderson is an author of the inspirational romance novel, Someday. Visit her at www.jaehendersonauthor.com.

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