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Gifts are not always free.
A giver wants to know:
Are you enjoying my gift?

Burdens can be sources of intense pleasure.

Recently, unable to distinguish between
burdens and gifts,
Indian elephants dragged seventeen tons
of teak logs over the Himalayas.
Each of us has made his or her own
version of this mistake.
Love is a gift.
Burdens betray themselves by the rattle of their needs.
Each of us wants to know: Am I a burden or a gift?
Very few understand that to be a gift
one must receive more than one gives,
Even while burdens come decked out in
ribbons and bows.
Refusing a gift brings regret, not guilt.
Lingering doubts may be referred to a mirror.
Yesterday the elephants returned: happy,
sweaty, and a good deal wiser.

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