It’s been given to you, both inside and out. The single most revelatory moment that I’ve ever had is about our gifts, both those that we possess ourselves and the gifts that others hold.
We CAN take for granted what we have. Thre are some things we can “do in our sleep.” If you’ve been playing drums all of your life, you don’t think about t what prat of the drum kit to hit. People are with your effortlessness as you play. Yet to you it’s nothing. Another example, let’s say that people feel empowered just after casually talking to you. You know, you could be in a parking lot or at a store and speak an encouraging word to someone or enlighten someone on a topic or skill. You see you have something to say to help someone. To you it is is nothing as you may think oh anybody can do that. LABB Mate, let me respond to that passing thought. No, everyone can’t do that.
Those example that I gave and those things that you can “do in your sleep” are gifts. Don’t take for granted your aptitude in a given area. You may be thinking to yourself that you don’t identify with any of that.
Well, let me provide an everyday type of examples. Say for instance you know where and when to go find good eats. Think about it. Why do your friends and family always ask you to make the final decision of where to go? They are counting on you because you have this uncanny ability to just know where to go for grub!
Yes, you do.
Whether you are a foodie, avid reader, or a sports enthusiast, there is some knowledge or skill that you have which you have cultivated and don’t even realized how you are harvesting that ability to help others in their everyday. Don’t take for granted any of the things that you can well.
So, what about the gifts that others possess? People cross our paths throughout our lifetime. Of those people, one may become our spouse, dearest friend or business partner. Do not take for granted the people in your life. They offer you something. Even if they annoy you, they offer you the opportunity to have patience!
People have gifts that we can learn from particularly if the gifts are similar to the ones we have ourselves. If someone has crossed your path and are exceptionally talented, don’t be intimidated or jealous. Allow him or her to help groom you. Whether indirectly or directly, give those individuals permission to enrich your gift with theirs.