Have you ever reacted in this way upon receiving a gift? This reaction suggests surprise, perhaps even a sense of wonder at one's worthiness of the gift.
I have a loved one for whom the present, as in the here and now, is generally viewed with a sense of wonder at her worthiness of such a gift. She has had a difficult life by any measure. Hearing her story invokes sympathy for a person having endured so much, and also helplessness for the inability to change it for her. Alas, the past cannot be changed. Which is what makes the present, the here and now, an even greater gift. For the present is a gift (or 'present') of a new beginning, a new opportunity, a new chance, a new time, a new go at life. If one embraces the present as 'a present', and believes in one's worth for the magnificent gift it is, the love in which it was given will be felt, and joy will follow.
A Present? For Me? How wonderful! Thank you.
author of "JOY"