"Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection." Pindar (c. 522-443 BCE)
We do we humans equate the giving of more expensive gifts with greater value? Why do we equate spending money on a gift that we give with being of greater value? What about giving non-material gifts? Is not giving Love, time, caring, understanding, tolerance, compassion, appreciation and gratitude also great gifts? What about creating and making something for someone? Is that not great? Why is a grandiose gift better than a small one by comparison?
In my humble perception, I stand with Pindar in reflecting that any gift given with affection is great because, to me, it involves connecting with soul. The giving comes from your soul, from a feeling for another that is born within yourself and that itself has a greatness which cannot be measured. It is not the material thing that is great, it is the feeling from and in which you give to another that makes it valuable and great. Giving with no feeling, as in obligatory giving, is not, in my estimation, great. I say, if you feel obligated to give, don't give from that state of mind. Wait until you have some affection behind the giving and then give because I believe it has so much more meaning. To me, the greatness of a gift is what it means to the giver and the receiver.
When you give, think about what the gift means to you and what it will mean to the one you are giving to. In that way, your life and their life is fuller, has more depth, has more feeling and thought behind the act of giving. To me, giving with affection is the reason for giving because it is the impact of our "careful choice" of the gift we give to another that has the greatest impact. Long after the gift is gone, the feeling of affection in which the gift was given, remains. It remains forever.
When you give, give from your heart. A gift from the heart is immeasurable!!!