“If there was one gift you could give to those you love, or, say, to the world, what would it be?”

“Peace,” came the reply, quickly.

“That’s something you can give only to yourself.”

“Oh…, I guess you’re right.”

“So?”

“Um, so…? How about…wisdom? Seems like we have all the knowledge we need right at our fingertips these days, what with the explosion of technology, give or take a tweet or twitter. But wisdom remains something difficult to come by.”

“I take it that you have some to share.”

“We all do – if we stop to dig it out. For instance, how many realize that the most important thing in life is life itself? That the gift of being is priceless? That it’s not so much what we accomplish but who we are and how we become that’s really important?”

“So what are you saying?”

“That life is about self, ultimately. I’m not talking ego or narcissism; I mean ‘identity.’ And  ‘meaning.’ And the quest for ‘wholeness.’ What the gift of life is all about. If we were all wise enough to realize that, and live accordingly,  our world would be unrecognizable.”

“I can’t imagine…”

“And relationship. Life has to be about that as well. About others. About love. How many are wise enough to realize that love is the energy of living?”    

“Whoa. That’s pretty heavy stuff. You’re losing me.”

“Think about it. Love is the core of life. We know that. But wisdom tells us so much more, challenging our humanness to live fully within and beyond ourselves – like that baby from Bethlehem did. And too few, magnificent others, before and after him, who were able to do so. They knew the power of truth, that love without the truth of self isn’t love at all. That kind of wisdom is eternal. And it is ours to learn from, to live into.”

“Life, self, love and truth, the stuff that dreams are made of.’”

“And babies who grow to show us that those are not just pretty words; that wisdom is not about language but about living; that wisdom is the rare air in an open mind, the ‘uncommon sense’ we all need to truly celebrate the gift of life, self, love and truth. If one person could touch another with that idea, the way that Bethlehem baby eventually did, our world would be even more transformed.”

“Dream on, my friend.”

“I intend to. Meanwhile, help me with this, will you? How does one wrap a wish?”