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Meaning and Sentiment

The holiday season is choc full of sentiment, no matter if you think the days have become entirely commercialized or not. It’s a time for family and togetherness, to show how much we care and love others, by giving as much as we can.

Meaning has two different thoughts here in this post for me. One is the association with semantics and what something is comprised of, what it means, and the other is tied in with sentiment, it means something, it has value. The meaning of getting gifts this Christmas is mutual love and abundant desire to see someone happy, but how much do those gifts mean to who is getting them or giving them?

Getting a bunch of gifts mean that people are able and wanting to give to you. Getting gifts that are maybe small, they’re toys, they’re little things that not many would consider to get you, means that someone knows you, or has inside jokes with you, or something to that effect.

There’s sentiment in getting something from someone you care about. You know what they went through to get it despite how quickly or how much you’ve outgrown it, and you’d rather hold on to it.

Writing goes sort of in the same direction, but differently, if that makes any sense. What you write can have meaning in two different ways. It can mean something about your life or society, or it can mean the world to you because it was the first thing you felt so great about writing in a while. It can mean enough to put a dedication to someone in it, it will have that sentimentality that it’s for someone else, that there’s more to it than just a crazy, creative idea that you had and masterfully marked up throughout a period of time.

It is what you put into it.  If you put your heart and soul into it, if it’s filled to the brim with your passion and gusto (as Ray Bradbury would put it), it will be obvious. With passion backing your words, there’s bigger, stronger support to it, there’s more emphasis and feeling.

Sentiment is a big part as well. Like with writing for a gift, there’s more to it than is tangible. It can help sculpt the story, the chapter, the article, into something else. Like with dedication to someone you’ve lost, the sentiment of writing it for them makes it into a piece that has your heart in it. It has reminders of them or it has a message for them that you maybe couldn’t have told them before.

Even if, overall, the piece ends up being some of your worst work– either in your eyes or someone else’s– there is sentiment in it. You see it, others may not, but it becomes what it means to you. And, in some cases, those who know what the meaning is in it.

Writing comes from the head, but the heart contributes just as much. It is a compilation of passion and ideas, the collaboration of your imagination and where your heart wants to soar. When there is one without the other, what does the meaning become then?

-The Novice Wordsmith

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Prompt: In the Spirit of the Holiday

Giving presents on Christmas is taboo, and it always has been. No one knows where it came from or how it got there, but they respect it as an unspoken rule. Everyone, that is, except you.

Write about what happens when you give a friend or family member a gift, and the resulting backlash from it.

Merry Christmas, you rebels!

-The Novice Wordsmith

Specialty

Writing from the heart isn’t difficult when you do it so often. Even easier, at times, is writing something for someone you love or care for. This manages to come well in handy during the holiday season or for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

I found years ago that writing, like painting, is an acceptable medium of which to gift someone something. It’s personal, it’s creative, and it’s intimate. It is an expression of how you know that person in some ways, an inside joke expansion, or maybe it’s just something you came up with that reminded you of that person.

For some time, I’d felt a little self conscious about the idea. I always saw it as being able to gift someone a gift made from personal creativity should have been limited to things that didn’t take too much effort on their part. For the people who don’t care for reading, pictures, drawings, photos, sculptures, a craft, something you can touch and hold.

Having a story, a poem, a chapter dedication, a character description, specifically made for someone is just as special as a crocheted hat that you had to do and redo and redo about five times in five hours. It comes from your hands and your heart, it’s crafted, from you, special, with that person in mind specifically. You gave your time and your effort and your care to make sure that it was nurtured and put together just how you felt it would be right.  It was made perfect because you made it so.

Consider your passion when you gift. Do it for everyone or just a few people. Do it for your lover, or your sibling, do it for the neighbor who has been having a tough time recently. Most of all, do it because you can, and because you want to.

The person’s interest still matter, I realize; you wouldn’t gift someone a huge story who doesn’t care to read, but someone who you know will appreciate your effort in that regard. Writing may be a fickle gift to give in some cases, but it’s certainly more personal than a tie, which is why it’s sometimes my favorite gift to give, to certain people. ❤

Also, one of the best things about writing something for a gift is that it’s FREE! So if you’re broke (like me), it’s perfect! This way you can be thoughtful and savvy! Who doesn’t love that?

In conclusion, it’s the thought that counts, so why not bring it to life?

-The Novice Wordsmith