I was concerned about not giving a gift today. I didn't feel like leaving the house today. But of course many opportunities present themselves. I live with three people that I interact with, and those interactions could stand much improvement. My gift today was to listen to my sister. She came into my room obviously wanting to talk, and I consciously decided to listen, really listen to her. Every time a thought or judgement would come up, I would re-focus on listening. Being my younger sister, I'm so used to interrupting her, dismissing her thoughts and feelings as immature and telling her what to do. As we now have a relationship as adults, I know our interactions must evolve. I still often want to fall back to the relationship we had before, but it doesn't serve us any more. She is an adult, and has much to share with me and teach me. It's funny how much more you learn about someone when you really listen to them. Just letting them go deeper and deeper into their feelings and thoughts, you act as an audience as they evolve in front of you.
I hate writing. Writing my feelings is easier than writing anything else, but I still hate it. I know that journalling is a really important part of the challenge, and I knew I would have to make it public to keep myself accountable, even if I'm behind. Today my gift was buying coconut milk for my mom. I have recently discovered coconut milk as a great source of minerals and fatty acids, and for anyone suffering from anything related to dry skin, this helps a great deal.