The art of giving ('Pushpaputa')
By Annemarie Bijloos on Instagram
I've always loved giving gifts. But I've come to enjoy it even more since my sister began to pursue her passion for painting professionally. She makes handmade, homemade magic in 2D.
This painting she made for Philippa and Simon, whom I met in India 🇮🇳 about a year ago. We spent one day together at an ashram, talking Ayurveda, Vipassana and the non-existence of Indian traffic rules. Now they were going to host me, basically still a stranger, in Sweden 🇸🇪 for 2 weeks. They were welcoming me into their home, and I didn't want to show up empty-handed. As I discussed this with my sister, I made a gesture. Of giving, of offering. Two hands, empty, but full of genuine love. Emma captured the idea even more beautifully than I imagined.
So here are my hands, caught somewhere halfway between giving and receiving, donating and accepting. But then, life's like that. We get what we give. And by giving, we receive so much in return. Also, it's not so much the actual gift that counts, but the gesture and the intention behind it. The volition of doing something for others, selflessly sharing, letting go of what is 'ours' (but never really was to begin with). Filling our own cup🥤might not be the motivation for gifting, but gifting will have them overflowing.
It's not so much the actual gift that counts, but the gesture and the intention behind it.
So presenting this painting to two amazing people, of my hands painted by my sister with our grandmother's watercolours: this gave me just as much happiness as I hope Philippa and Simon will enjoy from having it in their home. And what more I got: strangers turning into family, endless deep laughs and inspirations, time to rest and learn and walk in the moonlight.
Thank you. I love you. And if you want to get your hands on an awesome gift, you can find Emma at @emmabijloos 🎁
If you want to get your hands on an awesome gift, you can find Emma at www.emmabijloos.com 🎁