Thursday, October 10, 2013

What Is Your Gift?

Everyone is gifted, but some people never open their package.  Unknown

When we were created, each of us was given a gift--something we could express in our life. You may not even realize you have a gift, but you do. And you may or may not be using it. I think gifts are sometimes overlooked, because we believe they need to be something that really stands out, or they don't count. But they come in all sizes, shapes and qualities etc. from small everyday expressions to, yes, something we term as spectacular, such as the number one song on the list or a best selling novel. Yours may not be one of those, but it is spectacular.

There are all kinds of gifts. Some people are fixers, some are good listeners, some are good leaders, some are gifted with empathy and compassion. When I was a child, we had a neighbor who repaired children's bicycles, so they could ride again. Another woman shared her homemade cookies with the children. And I know a woman who is wheelchair bound with MS, and she waves and smiles at everyone, even strangers. I've seen her change gloomy faces to happy ones with her smiles. Now, that's a gift, and she doesn't even see it as that. It's just what she does.

Gifts are something we feel inside, and they express through us. And for each of us, our gift is unique to us. There is no one else like you, and what you have to give is like no other. When we read different people's writing, we hear their unique voice expressing. That's why we're drawn to certain writers. We hear their unique gift. Or we like music by certain musicians for the same reason. And I've never seen a smile exactly like the one the woman expresses from her wheelchair.

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is your gift? If you're not aware of one, start noticing what you do well, or little things you do that might be pleasing to someone else, or your habits and what you do without thinking about it. Look inside and ask your inner Voice to show you what you've been given and to guide you in using it. Gifts are meant to be shared, and when you share it, it not only brings pleasure to someone else, you'll feel a sense of pleasure in your heart too. That's the beauty of using your gift. Everyone receives a blessing.

You're more beautiful than you know. Let your life express your gift.

I wish you many blessings.

Marilyn

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