The most beautiful gift you have ever received

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The test of time

Have you ever considered that one of the most immediate quality indicators of an object is that it lasts longer than similar products? Standing the test of time is not only an objective factor, but also a subjective one; there are things bought recently that no longer interest us while our old, patched-up sweater remains our favorite item of clothing. As our friend Mario de Liguori — scholar at the Politecnico di Milano — says,

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Sliding doors

What exactly is this emotional bond that we establish with some objects and what characteristics do they have that produces it? Things, just like people and sometimes places, are like ferries that carry us toward new experiences, that promote change and drive our development. Objects, in particular, can be containers of meaning or the tools to create it, but they may also be benevolent sentinels standing guard at a space-time junction, that are ready to suggest the path we should follow. Perhaps Elton John’s life would have taken a very different turn if he had not been given his first piano exactly when he was! The answer to the initial question is, therefore, unique for each of us:

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The art of giving

Christmas is coming and, as you may know, at Passodue we have a special love for this season because it stimulates reflection and brings people together. We also like the traditional exchange of gifts, a gesture that if lived in the right spirit can be symbolic and initiatory.

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To practice the art of finding the right gift try to remember the presents you have received which have, in some way, left a mark in your life, so as to recreate the same magic for others.
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Alberto will never forget the first Olivetti Valentine he was given and still owns, or the BMX bike and the track with racing cars, all objects that have nourished his passions and created timeless friendships. Alice will always be grateful to her first 24-hour briefcase, her College scooter and an old blue duffel coat: all loyal companions in adventures that have turned her into the independent woman she is now. When you are thinking of finding the right gift, do it with the desire to choose something that can potentially change the person who will receive it, helping him or her to make even a small step forward, illuminating their heart and mind.

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If no ideas are forthcoming, then make a gift of your time, put yourself at the service of your loved ones because, as we once read, ‘Love is the true gift, and it lasts a whole lifetime’.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you.

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