I believe that each our our unique gifts are so needed in the world. I think about the way only my sisters can make me laugh or the way my friend Lauren can still remember what I wore for school picture day our freshman year in high school. We each have our own way of being in the world, and that’s so good!
There are days when my worries and fears about how others will perceive me keep me from showing my own unique giftedness. There are days when my fears of my uniqueness are plagued by looking at my extremely long social media thread or my equally long to-do list. On those days I wonder what’s so great about me anyway.
But I know it to be true that I’m the only one made up like me and that while maybe I won’t always be 100 % sure of my gifts and some days will be easier to compare myself than others, my job is to share my own true self with the world. It’s actually as if the world depends on it, perhaps in fact it does. My wonder, my openness, and my ability to empathize are some of what I would consider my greatest assets. But some of the unique giftedness that I speak of cannot even be named. It’s on my spirit, in my essence- and in yours, in all ours in fact.
My son John likes to push my buttons, in the most loving of ways. He’s two so I think that comes as part of his job right now. He likes to take something from me- say my water bottle or my glasses- and run away to the other side of the room. He will put whatever it is there and come back, and get all up in my face and say NO, with a glimmer in his eye. In these moments, I see John’s essence, his propensity for play, his humor, his spark. We’ve all got that- our spark.
I want to be more sure of mine because it is in fact what sets me apart. I want to embrace it, to share it, and relish in it. My life tells me I’ve got lots to do. I have 100 to-do lists to prove it but really I think I only have one job. My job is to be me, unabashedly, me. That is enough. If my unique gifts are needed, who am I to keep them to myself.
This is my writing from the prompt, this I believe (the idea and project can be found here.) This was one of our awesome activities for our Monthly Mini ReTreat. The prompt can be done over and over again and really gets you thinking! Thanks for reading 🙂