Tony’s: Meaningful Simplicity
Have you ever received a gift from a partner, a boyfriend, or a friend that draws a smile to your face? And I am not talking extravagant gifts here. Rather…a simple gift or what I call a gift riddled with ‘meaningful simplicity.’
To me, those small presents are far more precious. They so often tell us about the thought someone places behind them. They manage to tell us that the other cares, even when faced with the humblest of means. I must confess…I try to put effort behind my thoughts about others and to show them how much they mean to me. But I fail miserably sometimes with coming up with a good idea for a gift. It really is an art to listen to others’ conversations and pick up things, issues, items that excite the other person…that bring meaning and purpose to the other individual.
I have one such item that I hold dear. It sits on my drafting desk, immediately next to my bed. I was staring at it the night before last and it brought a smile to my face. Why? Because it reminds me of the person who gave it to me. I can here him saying, “It’s nothing much or in the least bit extravagant,” but with this goofy smile on his face. And that is why it is so precious and dear to me – it’s the smile behind it. So many nights, nights where I was stressed out from class, I spent gazing at it. Each time, it brought me peace of mind and managed to crack a smile across this mug of mine.
This is a cool paperweight that Spidie gave me for Christmas. It’s a representation of a hand-drawn room schematic on drafting paper that has been crumpled up. And it goes perfect on my drafting table!!