Just one example of this is the abundance of honking horns I've noticed when out and about lately. And not the friendly little "Toot toot" that says, "Heads up, Friend...the light turned green and you seem not to see it." I'm talking about the angry and aggressive "Hooooooooooooooooooonk!" that says "Get the f*(& out of my way, you incompetent idiot!" It's enough to raise my blood pressure and make me question the intrinsic goodness of the human race for a minute or two. No bueno, for sure.
So, today I'm taking a break from the hustle bustle to ponder a different type of gift. I'm thinking about the intangible gifts we give to the world around us every day. Whether it's an artistic gift that creates objects of beauty or stimulates the senses, an interpersonal gift that makes people feel truly seen and heard, an intellectual gift that evokes innovative ideas and helps people to see things with fresh eyes, or countless other types of gifts, everyone has them. Yes, that's right...EVERYONE. No one is exempt. And, on top of that, no one's gifts are exactly the same as anyone else's. So, when we choose to play small or hide out for fear of rejection or ridicule or failure or whatever, that means the world is being deprived of the unique gifts that only we can give. When I think about it that way, it begs the question, "Who am I to hold back?" It's like a mandate that gives me the courage to stretch beyond my comfort zone, get vulnerable, and take the risks necessary to let my authentic, unique gifts shine brilliantly. It also motivates me to take care of myself, because no one else can do what I do and be who I am and I can't do and be my best if I'm run down and burned out.
Now, don't get me wrong. There are times when I dial it back a bit. Some days I recognize that I just need to take it easy and be OK with that. Some days Life takes over and my To Do List seems too oppressive to add #236 - Shine Brightly and #237 - Share Unique Gifts. I even indulge a pity party or whine session from time to time (Yes, it's true. Not even Coaches are immune). But this idea of sharing my unique gifts is one of the tools I use to keep those low points short, if not sweet.
Which should come in handy tomorrow when I'm back at the mall...
What are your unique gifts? Big or small, bold or subtle...whatever they are, go forth and shine!
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