The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Screen Shot 2013-12-23 at 3.56.30 PMWhen it comes to giving gifts, we all think about things we can purchase or make. But to give a gift whose value endures, give it from your heart.

[quote] The best gifts are given from the heart.[/quote]

A gift that is given from the heart, given to the right person at the right time and place, given with expectation of nothing in return, is a gift that will keep on giving.

In the language of the heart, giving translates as offering a part of yourself to someone who, at that moment, needs it more than you do.

So give from the heart to those who need to receive the most:

To those who feel betrayed, give the gift of loyalty.

To those who feel anxious, give the gift of tranquility.

To those who feel isolated, give the gift of belonging.

To those who feel ambiguity, give the gift of certainty.

To those who feel pain, give the gift of comfort.

To those who feel vulnerable, give the gift of safety.

To those who feel insecure, give the gift of confidence.

To those who feel lost, give the gift of guidance.

To those who feel dissatisfied, give the gift of contentment.

To those who feel envious, give the gift of worthiness.

To those who feel empty, give the gift of admiration.

To those who feel distressed, give the gift of calmness.

To those who feel unheard, give the gift of listening.

To those who feel angry, give the gift of  love.

The most meaningful gifts are often the ones that come from the heart and are given in compassion and love.

Giving is a way of filling your own heart, but the true gift will be in the receiving.

As we look beyond the gifts we have been given to those we are receiving, know that there is a plan and purpose in these gifts, just as there is a plan and purpose within each new challenge and adventure.

Lead From Within: By giving from the heart you not only honor others, you also honor yourself because you are allowing your heart to do what it was made to do – give and receive.



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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR,, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.

  1. Terri Klass

    24. Dec, 2013

    A perfect way to honor each other is to give a gift from the heart.

    What a brilliant way to show others who may be in need of our love and support.

    Each of your gifts you write about shows the importance of living a life of love and gratitude.

    Thank you Lolly, for showing me how leading with the heart in both our professional worlds and personal lives is essential and powerful.


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    • lollydaskal

      24. Dec, 2013


      I takes two to lead and receive and to give and to love.

      We learn from each other.

      You have been my mentor and guide and for that I love you.


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  2. Karin Hurt

    24. Dec, 2013

    Such beautiful wisdom. It makes me also think about how such gifts will be received. For example,

    If you feel betrayed, stay open to those who offer loyalty
    If you are angry, be open to receive love
    If you are distressed, be open to opportunites for calmness

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  3. lollydaskal

    24. Dec, 2013


    Each gift must be given with an open heart, open mind and open will.

    Love to you and your loved ones on this holiday season.


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  4. Jon Mertz

    24. Dec, 2013

    A wonderful message, Lolly, and a great one to consider not only during the next few days but in the years ahead. We all have so many simple gifts to give that have an unending, positive impact. We need to give those gifts a voice by giving them…. All the best to you this holiday season and in the year ahead. Thank you. Jon

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    • lollydaskal

      24. Dec, 2013

      The gift that keeps on giving is an every day occurrence!

      Thanks so much for being the amazing person that you are!

      I truly appreciate you.


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  5. LaRae Quy

    24. Dec, 2013

    What a wonderful post this holiday season!

    The language of the heart offers a part of yourself to someone who, at that moment, needs it more than you do.

    So true, and so beautifully written…thanks for sharing.

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  6. Edward Colozzi

    24. Dec, 2013

    Dear Lolly,
    Thank you for another post that IS from deep within your heart, as always. You are an authentic example of one who always touches others deeply, because you lead so deeply, from within your own heart, where wisdom has found a lasting home.
    Love and Warm Aloha, EdC

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  7. David Greer

    24. Dec, 2013

    Thanks Lolly. I am traveling today so that I can be with my wife Karalee and our three children for the rest of the week. It was great to get your reminder to be open to them and willing to give of myself. Especially as I have been off the last five weeks pursuing my own personal dreams. Letting me pursue that dream was a gift Karalee gave me.



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  8. lollydaskal

    24. Dec, 2013


    It has been forever, I have been missing you!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and lending us some words from your heart.


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  9. Panteli Tritchew

    24. Dec, 2013

    Such a wonderful post, Lolly. Gifts from the heart transcend material transactions in ways that push the limits of our alphabet, but you have caught and shared this essence beautifully. I am grateful that our lives touch each other. From the heart, Panteli

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    • lollydaskal

      24. Dec, 2013


      From my heart to yours I send you much love.

      Remember we have work to do in 2014!

      When something works, it works!!!


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  10. Garren Fagaragan

    25. Dec, 2013

    A beautiful post Lolly.

    A wonderful gift. Thank you.

    I appreciate the great
    work you do here at

    Wishing you and yours
    a shower of blessings…

    today and through the
    New Year!


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  11. Alli Polin

    25. Dec, 2013

    Really beautiful, Lolly. Each of us has what it takes to give others what they need when they most need it. It’s not a thing – no need to spend hours googling the perfect pick me up. We can just go to your post and remember that giving these gifts starts with being present, connected, and in relationship.

    We may live on opposite sides of the world, Lolly, but you have given me the gift of confidence when I’ve felt the most unsure, the gift of love when I’ve been unable to give it to myself, the gift of heart allowing me to show up as who I am. Thank you!

    Happy Holidays!

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  12. ATIG

    25. Dec, 2013

    Surely we will do well to be inspired by the admirable Lolly.
    It is with such an commitment and such wisdom that we may hope to fulfill the promises made to future generations.
    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours happy holidays!

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  13. Bill Benoist

    26. Dec, 2013

    Hi Lolly,

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read all year. It’s beautifully written and there is really nothing more I can add that my friends before me have not already written.

    Thank you very much,


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  14. Daymond

    27. Dec, 2013

    Gifts of this nature, based on the depths of the heart, are gifts that last a long time and even forever. Indirectly received with great pleasure the satisfaction of giving selflessly, simply because a humble contribution.

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  15. Chery Gegelman

    31. Dec, 2013

    Lolly, I love your list!

    What a beautiful vision for all of us to SEE someone and instead of seeing what is broken inside see what they could be and what they need to get there!

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