What Really Matters

Yesterday I was stressed out because I lost $200 worth of gift cards that were going to be presents for peeps in my life that I love. I had put them all into one envelope to, you know, keep them safe and that clearly didn’t work out so well. And before you leave me advice on what to do:

Yes, I have looked everywhere.
Yes, I have not looked in hopes that maybe they are hidden somewhere and it would pop into my head.
Yes, I have called the stores, and
Nope. Nothing they can do. Once they’re gone they are gone.

So, yes. Yesterday, I was stressed. And I belittled myself and felt that sick to my stomach feeling when you totally screw up.

Today I was at a viewing where I offered my condolences to a dad who will be burying his son tomorrow. I watched a slide show of images that could very well have been my own two sons. Two brothers being silly, birthday pictures, a little boy growing through the years.

And now he’s gone.

I get it. I get caught up in it too. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the gifts, the wrapping, the visiting, the baking and cooking–the losing of gift cards.

But it doesn’t matter–none of it. What matters are the people in your life who you love.

Take those moments with your people and wrap them in your heart. It is the only gift that matters.


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Sharon DeVellis is a mother, wife and writer who can uncork a wine bottle in less than 10 seconds but buys twist-offs for emergencies. She’s currently in therapy to stop talking about herself in third person.
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9 Responses to What Really Matters

  1. You are so right. This is a time of year, where we should all just enjoy each other’s company, and be thankful for what we do have.

  2. Definitely agree that what matters is the life and loves you have and not the things you can buy…but I still wish you found your cards. Happened to me a few weeks ago but I brought in my receipt showing the # and they redeemed it for me!

  3. Kathryn says:

    Love this post Sharon! We all get wrapped up in the Holidays and you know what losing a gift card sux. I know this b/c I have done it more than once and it is stressful but you put things into perspective and realized at the end of the day its only money and there are far more valuable things in life than a gift card.

    We all need these reminders and I find myself getting sucked into the stress of lifes daily insignificant worries, the ones that when you really stop and think about it just don’t matter.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  4. Dee Brun says:

    PREACH!! and a big fat hug to you…………………..Luv this post…and sorry you lost your cards. I know that feeling all too well. xxoo

  5. Jane says:

    Losing my dad now, going to my friend’s father’s funeral today. Who you love is all that matters.

  6. Maija says:

    Thank you for writing this.

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