Gold Box


Some time ago a man punished his 5-year-old daughter for wasting a
roll of expensive gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he
became even more upset when the child pasted the gold paper so as
to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the
little girl brought the gift box to her father the next morning and said,
“This is for you, Daddy.”

The father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger
flared again when he found the box was empty. He spoke to her in a
harsh manner, “Don't you know, young lady, when you give someone
a present there's supposed to be something inside the package?”

The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, “Oh,
Daddy, it's not empty – I blew kisses into it until it was full.” The father
was crushed. He fell to his knees and put his arms around his little
girl, and he begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.

An accident took the life of this child only a short time later and it is
told that the father kept that gold box by his bed for all the years of his
life. And whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems he
would open the box and take out an imaginary kiss and remember the
love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as human beings have been
given a gold box filled with unconditional love and kisses from
our children, family, friends and the Universe.
There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Are you aware of your own gold box?
What did you miss and didn't treasure till now?
What are you grateful for?

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