The Gifts We Give

kristina leonardi
3 min readDec 20, 2021


Acknowledging the value of that which is priceless and timeless.

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As we are in the midst of gift-giving season, remember that we each have gifts to give to the world and ways in which we can offer ourselves to one another that don’t cost a dime. For example, especially these days, kindness, patience, compassion and a simple smile can go a loooong way with friends, family and strangers alike.

Such small gestures can truly turn around someone’s day or relieve them of any stress or despair, and that is priceless. And of course there is the gift of giving someone your presence, of acknowledging their humanity, of holding space and listening. Our focus, time and energy are things we don’t give enough value to or even realize we or others are lacking. The average attention span seems to greatly diminish with the acceleration of technology, and with so many people not able to be present for themselves, how can they be there for others?

If you are reading this right now, know that you possess the greatest gift one can have: Being here, alive in the physical world. That’s an easy one to forget, especially when things get tough!

Take a breath. Feel your heartbeat. Be here now and operate from that place, knowing that with each moment today, you are creating your tomorrow. * That means that each one of our thoughts, feelings and actions combined are what is creating the collective future, so choose wisely and don’t hide your gifts. We are counting on you!

*For related thoughts on this topic, read my essay Tomorrow is Now


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Kristina Leonardi is a nationally recognized career and life coach, speaker and author who for over 14 years has empowered individuals to make lasting professional and personal changes aligned with their true passions and talents while fulfilling their role in the world at large.With a holistic and personal growth-oriented approach, she has helped hundreds of men and women over the past decade improve their job performance, enter or re-enter the job force, change careers, better manage their time and stress, and live happier, more meaningful, balanced lives. Her specialty is working with people who feel stuck or are in transition and can help you clarify exactly what you want to do, identify blocks, issues, and patterns in your way, and offer proven ideas, resources, and action steps to get you there.

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