Howdy, What is your gift? I was talking to a friend today who told me about a culture where each person's gift is identified at a young age and celebrated throughout the tribe. How fantastic is that??? So unlike what we are used to in our culture. Here we are either told we are special for no reason or told to be modest and not big-headed. Super confusing and not at all helpful in my opinion.
What if what you were great at was communicated and celebrated… for all of us? We all have gifts to share with the world and most of us have such a hard time figuring it out for ourselves because we live in a society where only a few types of talents are held in any esteem.
Some people are great at shaking things up. Some people are great at being inclusive and diplomatic. Some people are great at dancing. Others are great at singing. Still others are fantastic at reading quickly or focusing on details. In some way all of what we do well could be a wonderful thing for our communities if we actually cared to place people into situations where they would not only excel but be happy. Instead we focus on a few things and we all try to excel in them, leaving our gifts to be focused on rarely, if ever.
What if we acknowledged our gifts openly and were supported? What if you, knowing that we all have at least one gift to share with the world, looked for it in others. If we expected the special in each of us how would that change our behavior? How would that change how you felt about yourself if people looked for and celebrated your gifts? Would you want to share it more? Would you want to do the same for others?
My gift to you is this information: There is a way to change the world to a more loving and cohesive place. We have to, each of us, take responsibility for our thoughts, our words and our actions with the understanding that what we do matters. How we do it matters. When we do it matters. When we actually realize how special we all are, all of us, we will change things so that we all benefit.
"You should exercise unrelenting discipline over your thought patterns. Cultivate only productive attitudes… You are the product of everything you put into your body and mind."
~I Ching no. 27