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HOW DO I WALK THE PATH OF MY GIFT?
My gift like many others is living (first and foremost tG). Second is empowering and influencing. I have identified that I am amazing at uplifting others and have been neglecting myself. With that in mind starting from today I WALK THE PATH OF MY OF MY GIFT peacefully, compassionate and caring for myself first to be capable to care/support my community.
I’ve been walking it my whole life, sometimes with intensity, other times with a lightness or ease. And then there are the times I hide it under a rock. All three could be going on around the same time with different gifts nudging the steering wheel at different times
Since my gift seems to be learning about deep, philosophical questions, I can walk the path of my gift by exploring and researching spiritual and philosophical ideas, sharing what I learn with others who are interested.
Dive right into it.
With devotion, dedication and a splash of determination.
With the help of my brother!! [and others]. He observed that the difference between 1948 and 2021 is not 33 yrs, as I had written and failed, repeatedly, to question!
Perhaps all gifts have encouragers, mentors, and guides. 🙂
Why, I think I like your math! It makes me… not old! 😀
Heh heh – my bro had an advantage, having been born in 1948; but I was born only 3 yrs before, so I regard it as rather senile of me to make such a bad error and fail to notice it so many times. But I can avoid making the same mistake again by using a calculator in the future 🙂
Suddenly, this question has made clear to me why my life’s path has the coherency of a butterfly’s flight! LOL.
Up, down, fast, slow, sideways, forwards, back, pause, repeat in some other order…!
Butterflies are pretty cool, Holly – and they can affect whole weather patterns, according to chaos theory, as in Wikipedia, “Butterfly Effect”.
😀 Then let us hope it affects a Zephyr wind and not a Gale!
“It was a calm and beautiful day, with only a slight zephyr to ripple the surface of the water, and rustle the woods on shore, and just warmth enough to prove the kindly disposition of Nature to her children.”
— Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, 1849
Thank you, Holly! I just downloaded Walden to my kindle – I’m guessing it’s good bedtime reading 🙂
By first figuring out what your gift is.
I love writing and I love photography . . . and I love nature. So I bring my camera with me when I go for walks in nature. Many of the photos I take seem to call out for a response, and one of the forms of writing I enjoy is haiku poetry. I have created (and continue to create) photo-haiku. Some I simply keep on my computer – others I print out, mat, and frame and keep in my condo – or give as gifts to family/friends.
I really like that idea Judi
That’s a really cool idea— I need to try this. Thank you
For me, it’s with patience, gratitude, and faith. One gift is my knowledge in marketing. Currently, I’m building businesses with my colleagues. Last night, we were discussing that much about marketing is building systems. You may/may not get immediate results (sales), but you can tell by processes and metrics that the work we’re doing is leading to where we need to be. I got me present to life. I may not see the end yet. But I know this feels right. I feel good. I’m thankful for my blessings. If I keep walking in faith, results will happen.
Since retiring I have had a hard time discovering my leading gift for this stage of life. We moved to a different town, and since I no longer work, I haven’t made many (not any, really) friends or acquaintances. I usually think of listening, supporting, helping people reframe their life situations as being my primary gifts. But that was very much part of my profession. So I guess I would say I am walking the path of new or latent gift discovery with intention.
You probably have many gifts, Katrina. May you enjoy walking your path –
Appreciate that I’m gifted. Unplug from the busyness of life regularly and think and meditate on my life purpose. Respect the gifts of others. Be intentional in all I do & set aside emotions sometimes. My actions should be representative of the gifts I have without any words explained and I have to remember that. What a question full of treasure.
By being aware of each step and not seeing the path as a way to “get somewhere” …. I enjoy giving, sharing, helping, listening — but too often I get exhausted by what goes out of me and need to pay better attention to what restores me. So the path requires that sometimes I need to sit down and rest. Oh, is that what that little bench over there is for?? 🙂
This made my heart smile. Thanks for sharing. I could not agree more.
‘heart smile’ 💕🥰- I like that, Amber Wright – and, Patricia, your plan to pay better attention to what restores you 🤗 😊
I walk the path surrounding with gratitude.
My gift, I believe, consists of an appreciation of others. I am “hard-wired” with empathy to want to help others. Often that “help” is in the form of simply listening in confidence as others spill out their fears, problems, hopes, sins, and shortcomings, knowing that nothing of what they have said will ever be revealed to others by me. I seldom offer advice; most already know a remedy for their difficulty but still need someone to listen and encourage and validate them. Perhaps “Listening” IS my gift, as most of us “hear” but few truly “listen.”
Listening and having empathy is a gift – you are 100% right Samuel:)
Your are very much a gift to those around you,
Truly listening is a wonderful gift, Samuel!
By not taking it for granted. As Kevin said, “I don’t own it”. My gift is my mind. It is also my greatest challenge. My mind drives me to create…I write, I knit, I paint… But my mind, my blessed imagination, takes me to some dark places that terrorize me as well. I manage my gift, use it in the best way I know how, and don’t allow it to take over.
Devonna, your meditation this week was about Lot’s wife?
I walk the path of my gift by living my life with my eyes open. By seeing the path of my gift, the one lit by joy even as it traverses shadow, and by responding with gratitude in every step.
My gift is being alive. I will be grateful for it and celebrate what living has to offer to me. I will go out into the world and experience all that life has to offer and be thankful that I am able to. My gift includes being able to mold myself into a new and improved person who can deal with my anxiety and support my inner child
Yesssssssssssss. Reading this blessed my entire soul. Thank you.
With pure gratefulness.
I will try to keep awareness of what is my deepest longing and to share whatever possible for the sake of the well being of my fellow people. This may include to go beyond of once needed protecting defense mechanisms, which I feel is still quite difficult for me. To open up to vulnerability seems to be the call of the moment. Please wish me luck, and if you don´t mind, I would kindly ask for prayers. Thank you.
I will light a candle for you Ose.
Thank you, dear Michele! Thank you for your support.
Prayers to you, dear Ose 🤗🥰
Thank you, dear Mica, for your heartfelt prayers.
My prayers are always with you,
ever since I ‘met’ you here in etherland
Thank you, dear sparrow, for your warm and loving reply 🌺
You have my prayers, also, dear Ose.
Thank you, dear Holly! They are much appreciated. Warm greetings to you, dear friend.
I walk the path of the gift entrusted to me (I don’t own it) with both feet moving, eyes wide-open and prayer seeking guidance on my lips.
“I don’t own it”…wow. Thanks for this Kevin
I think my gift is mother, grandmother, great grandmother. So, by being present, doing little things that let them all know they are deeply loved. From baking cookies to extending loving kindness to them all, that is what I do….
It seems to me, Mary Pat, that “Being present,” is about the greatest gift we can ever receive.
Thank you, Kevin. I wasn’t always present for my children. Even though they are adults now, they come to me and I listen, because that is the most important thing I can do for them now. I don’t answer the phone, don’t answer the doorbell, don’t talk to my husband, I listen. I just hope and pray it will heal the heartache from years past. That is my prayer. I learnt that when I started having grandchildren and they started to grow up. The grandchildren needed a listening ear, and the parents, because of society or just the way my family was, were too busy to take the time to listen deeply. I decided a long time ago I could not turn the clock back-I still wish I could-but I could change the way I respond…..making the change has been a journey, and I thank God and am grateful every day for having the courage to make that change.
Being present ❤️ Spoke a word to me. I’ll let that resonant
I’m not sure what my gift is? I will walk and smile, be kind, stay present and focus on positivity. TGIF:)
It sounds as if your gift is an appreciation of others, Michele, as is mine. It’s pretty obvious in today’s Tribal Times that so many lack that gift. I am saddened daily by the selfishness I see all around me, especially in those who should instead be examples of caring, giving, and generosity for the rest of us to emulate. Much love to you…
Thank you Samuel for your response, made my day:)
Many years ago I read Scott Peck’s book “The Road Less Travelled” and it was like getting a road map for how to actualize my desire to live an authentic life. A life that was the result of being guided by the lights of truth. Like anyone I suppose I can get caught up and start careening down some rail about something before I am awakened by what I now recognize as a critically important small voice sounding an alarm. Other times it is as simple as looking at the facts, which indicate the impossibility of my taking some action or other, or demanding attention be given to a suddenly critical condition. Not so much of health but of deviations from what I now understand to be the demands of my soul. So the simple answer is that I walk with intention, looking for blazes on the trees in the woods and cairns on the bare hilltops. I pay attention.
Yes! “To pay attention, this is our endless & proper work.” Mary Oliver.
Such an unusual question, made me think. What is my gift? Right now what comes to mind is my training, to help others is the gift I want to offer. So I guess I am walking that path with love and motivation and with my eyes, heart and mind wide open to learn.
By sharing my music 🎶.
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