Making a gift of yourself
“attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”
For all of the times I have gone unseen,
felt unmet or unheard,
it doesn’t stop me from wanting
to give the gift of attention and true presence
to people I love
and strangers alike...
and so, i believe it’s the willingness
to extend our hands
across the tide of physicality
to reach for another,
never knowing if they will reach back,
but doing so because our hearts
will us to love, to give, to sing, to devote,
to bless and bestow a sense of beauty
on the world around us…
and because our own hearts ask to be held.
perhaps that is why we love.
and even if we are not met
with attention or a gaze of appreciation by others,
who we get to become
in the process of making an offering of ourselves
is the greater gift we are left with.
-zena carlota pearl