This is the time of year that we’re bombarded with advertising for the purchasing and giving of more “stuff” (see yesterday’s post).
Last night, Lady Suzanne mentioned one commercial for “stuff” that actually has some meaning in our lives as Knights. Kay Jewelers is offering a line of jewelry by the actress, dancer, and artist Jane Seymour (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Dancing with the Stars).
Ms. Seymour, so the story goes, noticed that anytime she painted a heart in any of her artwork, it ended up being open, and not closed. She developed the 'Open Heart' theme in 2007 after reflecting upon the heartaches and struggles of her own life. She came to realize that if your heart is open, it can never be fully broken. Additionally, the two open hearts blending together symbolize that two people can be one, while still retaining their individuality.
Now, I’m not suggesting that we all go out and purchase these “silver-plated, enhanced with Swavorski crystals art-to-wear necklaces that are a treasure that will attract attention everywhere you go” pieces. After all, that would just be more “stuff.”
However, the message is one gift that we should freely give this season and always.
"Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself."
Norman W. Brooks, "Let Every Day Be Christmas"
Sir Bowie of Greenbriar