I’ve been hearing a lot lately, most especially in the last week, about how each of us was born with a gift and that we only need to look within to find it. I’ve seen it in blogs, in quotes that I’ve come across even in one of my favorite TV shows, Criminal Minds.
It is true. I believe this within the depths of my soul about each and everyone us of.
But I didn’t always believe it about myself or you.
I was of the belief growing up, perhaps like you, that when you said someone was born with a gift, it implied that they had some ability above everyone else. Having a gift meant having talent and being the best.
It meant they were the best dancer. They could sing as well as Whitney Houston. Their paintings rivaled Picasso. Their athleticism was super hero status. They were brilliant beyond belief. With anyone of these gifts it seemed natural and easy to come by. These were the ones destined for fame and fortune.
And for those of us who fell outside of having any talent whatsoever or even those who weren’t the best unfortunately we were “normal” and not handed any gifts the day we were born.
The world we live in today has even pushed this idea up a notch.
But then something shifted within myself and changed the way I saw myself and you and what it meant to be born with a gift.
I saw myself as a human being and with that came an acceptance for who I was like I had never known. And once the self-acceptance settled in, almost instantaneously I discovered that sleeping patiently within me was an overwhelming desire to create; to be a part of something bigger than myself. I felt power. I felt responsible. From this feeling Devoted to Me was created.
And that’s when I completely understood.
Having a gift does not fall into any category or meet any criteria. There are no set of rules as to what classifies as a gift. Talent and gift are not mutually exclusive. It is bigger than that.
Most of us will never have the ability to sing before millions like ADELE but we all have something to offer the world that is just as valuable.
It is about making a connection with the deeper part of ourselves.
From the moment we are born living within each of us is something we were meant to do. Somehow, someway it will push its way out and this understanding of what we are meant to do turns into something that we have to do. For some of us it happens at a young age for some of us it happens later in life. But once we discover what it is we have to do that is when it becomes the gift we were born with. That is when we understand that we can’t stop it even if we tried because it was always meant to be shared.
The gift within us is meant to be discovered and it is always meant to be shared.
At the end of the day these are just words. Perhaps like me a few years ago, you think I am crazy for believing that each and every one of us was born with a gift to offer the world.
That’s okay. I believe it enough for the both of us.
Until next time…..
Devoted to Me begins with me and continues to you. Accept it. Pass it on.