Do we really need so much when many have so little?

Boxes linger,
bits of tape with shiny
paper.
Cling tight.
Scatter endlessly throughout the room.
Don’t leave.
Don’t throw them away.
It will end.
It will be over.

I tried to say I love you
With stuff.
My love
language
not yours.
Maybe taking time to
Talk and laugh and be crazy
Would be
better.

Maybe money
invested
In a budding
entrepreneur
In a third world country
Given as a
gift in your name
Would say I love you
More.

Maybe it would
Speak to your compassion
For all
mankind.
And in some way acknowledge
the gift
You are to me.
Life that goes beyond
today.

Enough.
I’m stuffed.
You’re stuffed.
America is stuffed.
With things we do not need.
Gifts should share love.
Heal.
And transcend
stuff.

Note: for those interested in some alternative gifts, check out www.kiva.org.

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds.

Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God".

She also offers a weight loss academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and podcast here on the website under the tabs by those names.