Liking the Unwanted Gifts of Life

“Professor Dumbledore. Can I ask you something?”

“Obviously, you’ve just done so,” Dumbledore smiled. “You may ask me one more thing, however.”

“What do you see when you look in the mirror?”

“I? I see myself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks.”

Harry stared.

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”

                       ― from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”


And of course why would a person in dire need of some everyday useful things like food and clothing be happy with too many books. Or would they? Should they? Would you?

Be it Christmas or any other festival, gifts are tricky. Ironically, you may get a doubling or tripling of same or similar things. But you may never get what you want. It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife.

That is how life also works. Too many of unwanted things but not getting what you yearn for. Happiness can only be found by liking at least some of the less wanted things.

One thing that is wanted and needed by everyone, not only by those who have very less of it, but also by those who have enough of it…is Love. Dole it out this Christmas and New Year!



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For: Silver Threading’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday & Ronovan Writes’ BeWoW

12 thoughts on “Liking the Unwanted Gifts of Life

  1. You got me going with the wise words of Dumbledore! I love how you wove that wisdom of human wants into your quote. So fitting for this holiday season! I love it!!! ❤

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  2. Yes I fully agree Alka, we keep accumulating and looking for more and in the process get completely lost, we need to discover ourselves in the smaller things in life. Profound thoughts…

    There is a minor change my side, I will be operating from a new domain (, looking forward to your feedback and conversation from the new place.
    Have a lovely weekend.

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    • I agree. If we get some repetitive gifts from others, we have no choice except to give them away if not needed. But we can control our own buying and stop accumulating unnecessary things.

      Thanks Nihar for informing about your new site. I had a look. It looks very professional. Wish you all the best with it.
      You too have a nice weekend, in fact a nice week ahead now 🙂

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      • Yes, Alka you are spot on, there is no end to the saga of accumulating things in life, some gifts we cannot stop and there are others which we don’t need it but we keep with us. Giving and taking is a part of life but when taking becomes more than giving we lose the plot of life…
        Thanks so much for having a glance of the site and words of appreciation, looking forward to more exchange of thoughts in the new place…
        You too have a wonderful week and yes the year end preparation must be on…


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  5. The Christmas tree made from books is irresistible – I definitely must have one! Honestly, all I want for Christmas is a Christmas tree made of books – I have loads of socks.


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