Amazing Gifts in Brown Paper Packaging

Exciting things happen everywhere at every moment. Most often we fail to notice them. They are so subtle, so ‘unimportant looking’… like packages wrapped in plain brown paper.

Some of the most important things and some of the most important people fail to impress us at first blush.  We tend to judge a book by its cover. We make an early snap judgment based on appearances.

If someone is bigger than life, famous, and throws around the names of their ‘important cronies’ or their ‘grand accomplishments,’ we tend to look on them in awe and rush to be near them and their perceived power. We look right past what we consider to be the small, inconsequential people standing right in front of us.

Sam Walton drove the same old pickup for years. You could likely to run across him in a bibbed overalls looking like an old farmer. Imagine him driving on a new car lot in that truck. Can’t you just see the salesmen looking at each other, hoping someone else will go out and waste their time on the old man?

Jesus was born in a lowly manger. No innkeeper would even make room for him. Mary and Joseph came into town, dusty from a long trip… not looking very important. An amazing thing was about to happen. Some lucky innkeeper could have played a big part in the story, but it all looked very ordinary and unimportant to him.  He dismissed them without regard.

And now who can forget Susan Boyle. You remember her, the frumpy Scottish matron with the voice of an angel. She came on stage on a UK talent program. The camera shot to the judges who were all rolling their eyes. The audience was snickering. She didn’t look like a star. In fact, they thought she was joke. Then she opened her mouth and brought the world to its feet.

Each person born to earth is amazing in their own special way, not to be looked past, or around, not to be ignored. Brown paper packages…  amazing gifts inside.


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8 Responses to “Amazing Gifts in Brown Paper Packaging”

  1. isidix Says:

    So true! 🙂

  2. loacoach2 Says:

    WOW! This is so very true. I have been very fortunate from a very young age to have known many very successful, extremely wealthy people that you would NEVER know by looking at them how really successful and wealthy they are. Those were the people I always wanted to emulate. They did what they wanted, had great family lives and great business lives and literally multi millions of dollars and yet looked just like anybody. Funny, too, in January of this year, 2013, a journalist wanted to interview me and one of the questions asked was why I didn’t live in a great big mansion or want to be on TV or radio? I simply told him the above story of the people I’ve known and said, “I always wanted to be just like them”. Fame has its own problems. Happiness is much more important. 🙂 Thanks Dina.

    Kathy Hadley

    • dinadove Says:

      Kathy, you are so right. Just to be able to look at your life and know that you have the one that makes you happy is EVERYTHING. And, to be able to quietly help others when you feel to do so is so much more rewarding than putting on the big show. Thank you for your comment and for reading my work. Dina Dove

  3. mickg2013 Says:

    Hey, this is clever! I love the way it moves from the physical objects to people. An interesting selection of people as well. Also love your banner with the look of joy on your face. It made me laugh and smile the minute I saw it. “Re-purposing One’s Life” speaks to me too. Thank you for all of the excellent things to think about, Dina!

    Mick Guinn

  4. janedb Says:

    Helping teenagers as part of my work, I try to make them realise they are all special in their own way

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