Present Gifts

The Carrot Ranch prompt this week is to write a 99 word story that includes the greatest gift. What a fine thing to consider, for we too often don’t appreciate what we have till it’s gone.

What’s the greatest gift? Is it something so common for many of us, (not all), that it’s easily taken for granted? Air, water. Food, shelter. Life.

The word gift is spoken at births and funerals, times when we pause and consider the wonder and sanctity of life.

We reflect at these comings and goings; how now do we live our Gifts each Day?



Given, Not Gone

 The gift of creation, with free will, was given long ago. Somehow this planet came into being in this solar system; over time each one of us also had a beginning. In our beginnings was wonder, was potential, power, and promise.

That was then, this is now.

Now we might dwell on our flaws and misspent potential, might despair at our human failings, might mourn the state of our planet.

Or, right now, we might acquire humility and gratitude for the Gift. Every Now is a beginning. We could choose to cultivate and nurture potential and promise, right Now.


Reciprocation           (Rerun! first published for theApril 6, 2017 Carrot Ranch prompt)

Do not forget Turtle who brought the earth up from the watery depths. Do not forget Tree, whose roots hold and cradle the earth, whose branches hold up Sky. These ones, Turtle, Water, Tree, Sky, are sacred.

Long ago these ones spoke together, and together thought to provide and to sustain; they thought us into existence that we might use their gifts.

Be humble. Our creations are mere imitations, expressing gratitude, expressing wonder. Be mindful. Give thanks to Turtle, to Water, to Sky, to Tree. We are their thoughts that receive their gifts, and they think us most sacred.


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