One of the big realizations over the past 3 months on project in Oman is that I don’t give enough gifts.
I’ve been struck by the hospitality of the Omani’s I’ve been working with. Every time a colleague has left the team after finishing his/her stint on the project, they’ve showered them with gifts and I realized this myself when I was given a gift by a friend here for Christmas.
And when I gave it some thought, I realized that gifting wasn’t even on my agenda/mind. I also know that it is a result of 4 years of penny pinching in university where friends’ birthdays meant extracting treats rather than giving them gifts.
Time for change.