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Find and Share Your Gifts

The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. — William Shakespeare

I have a point about finding and sharing your gift, but bear with me because I think today’s post is going to be rather rambley.  I don’t write these out in advance, I don’t even think about them in advance.  As I’ve said before, I pick out a week’s worth of quotes, and somehow they just seem to apply to what I’m dealing with each day.  What does this have to do with anything relating to the quote?  Well, kind of everything.

First off, let’s talk about finding your gift.  I think most people, myself included, tend to think of gifts as things like musical talent, or artistic talent, or find and share your giftsathletic ability.  But there are so many more gifts out there.  Don’t limit your thinking when searching for your gift.  Maybe you have beautiful handwriting (and as someone who has the worst handwriting on the planet, I think that’s a HUGE gift) or maybe you’re wonderful at cheering people up.  Your gift could be creating a soothing environment that puts people at ease, or making people smile. It could be caring for children, or an attention to detail.  Your gift could be anything, and you need to keep looking for it!  Keep looking, always, because you get to have more than one gift, right?

On to the sharing portion of the program. Once you find your gifts, you become so much richer when you share them with others. It brings others joy, and a huge sense of fulfillment to you.  I’ve been thinking a lot about sharing something.  As you know, I love to write.  I may not be gifted at it, but I do love it.  I used to write a lot of fan fiction.  For those of you who don’t know what it is, fan fiction is writing your own stories using characters from pre-existing books, television programs and movies.  So yeah, that was my thing, and I loved it, and I used to be very prolific and I shared my writings on various online forums.

I had a small writing adventure the other night and I posted about it on my personal blog.  I didn’t realize it but it ties in so well with today’s quote. Again, I don’t know if I’m a gifted writer, but I do know that when I used to write, people enjoyed my stories, and I enjoyed hearing from them with their feedback and comments.  So I don’t know if writing is my gift, but it makes me happy and sharing it with others, scares the heck out of me, but makes me happy as well, so that’s what I’m going to do.  I’m dusting off an original piece and I’m going to share it (in limited format for now) on my personal blog.  And I’m going to urge you to share your gifts with the world as well.  The happiness it brings you is immeasurable.

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