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  1. Maeve

    Creating gardens wherever I live.
    Creating engaging lessons for my ESL students. Determination for them to succeed and be valued for who they are.

    Having a sense of wry humor.
    Being honest and direct.

    1 year ago
  2. Malag

    I seem to be resisting this question. I don’t see the gifts I have as unique. Maybe some of them are uncommon, but unique?  The second leg of the question is something I have pondered for some months and it’s still a murky blob for me. I tend to think big: the world with a capital W. But of course I can look close to home, and even home itself, to use the skills I have to be of service. 

    1 year ago
  3. Heather

    I am an enthusiastic reader and try to instill a joy and wonder of reading whenever I read aloud. I love writing and am trying my hand at a Youtube channel dedicated to writing.

    1 year ago
  4. S
    Sister Maargaret Mary Byrnes

    I am a good listener.

    1 year ago
  5. s
    sb

    I don’t think my talents are unique and I always feel that other people’s gifts are more useful and special than mine, but if I dig deep and reflect, I think genuinely caring and wanting to do something to improve people’s lot is one of my best gifts; I do think I am a good teacher so am hopefully setting “my” children up to succeed in this world – and perhaps, as someone else said, my ability to appear calm on the top, even when my feet are madly paddling under the water.

    1 year ago
  6. Mica

    I made a cool bday card for my granddaughter today, with photos from the calendars her dad gives us every year, with photos of his girls. I love making cards and have a couple ‘spinach boxes’ full of them to donate to the 2 local thrift stores.

    1 year ago
  7. Katrina

    I listen; I resource and research to pull plans and ideas together;…right now those are the only 2 gifts I think of that I am hearing the call to use. Perhaps my awareness or attentiveness is not very heightened in this summer heat.

    1 year ago
  8. O.Christina

    No unique gifts. But people sometimes say they feel understood and listened well to when having been met, either for some advice or other kind of service I am happy and grateful to be allowed to provide for others.

    1 year ago
  9. Neil

    Great question and I feel as though the cup is only half full but if I had to identify one or two unique gifts I would say an ability to connect other people and a curiosity and acceptance for change. Just not certain how I would put them into service.

    1 year ago
  10. Elaine

    What comes naturally to me is an impulse to create gatherings – community building I suppose you could say. Some become ongoing groups with a focus others are one off “pop up” gatherings. This serves the world as humans need to feel we belong!

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Absolutely!!!!!

      1 year ago
  11. Holly in Ohio

    I have been told often that I am a good teacher because I am able to digest knowledge and relay it to others in a way that is organized and clear. I also learned from someone who attended Waldorf schools to individualize learning plans and to check in with each student each time I see them and to listen to them. Covid restricted some teaching and mentoring, but I’m looking forward to starting up again gradually. I especially get juiced when a student tells me they tried learning something before from other teachers, but I was able to help them finally “get it.” It excites me because they are excited and happy, and that makes it so rewarding! That is one of my great joys in life.

    This fall we have already lined up visits and mentoring of sustainable agriculture students from our local community college. I will also soon be arranging small knitting and other craft classes at my home.

    These last seventeen months have taught us all just how precious it is to have interactions with other people in person. 🙂

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      p.s. Happy Juneteenth everyone! I’m headed to the celebration.

      1 year ago
      1. Kevin

        That’s fantastic, Holly. I was thinking about today’s holiday before I answered today’s question but hadn’t found a way to weave it in in a way that made sense. I am both delighted that Juneteenth has finally been recognized formally and also somewhat ashamed that it has taken the US so very long to get there.

        1 year ago
  12. Nelson

    My career wasn’t and will never be linear. I’ve worked in tech, marketing, education, fitness, a little in non-profit, and nowadays finance and investing. Back then, I used to think my resume was sporadic and illogical. Though I have accomplishments in each field, a part of me felt dread explaining my decisions. At first glance, it does look a little random. Anyway, through networking and sharing what I’ve accomplished, I noticed more and more people ask me if I could help them. A wide variety of things. Maybe they need help getting into shape. Maybe they need help figuring our their asset portfolio. Yesterday, a colleague asked me for advice on their website …. And I’d be able to help them effectively, leaving them clear with what to do next. It was only recently I decided to take on the affirmation “I’m multi-talented.” Now I look back on my evolution with pride. I’m not afraid to pursue my dreams. It allows me to help more people.

    1 year ago
  13. Mike

    I learned many years ago that I rarely know the outcomes of my “unique gifts” or qualities as they get deployed in the world. I will occasionally receive some feedback, often in unexpected ways, but I do not look for it. I try to live with integrity and do what it is uniquely mine to do and “let the chips fall where the may.” I need all the focus I can muster just to do that. Any surveying of the terrain for potential outcomes just drains energy and focus from from living truly.

    1 year ago
  14. Dusty Su

    I do have them and I do use them. Sometimes TOO MUCH!

    1 year ago
  15. T
    Terri Beaudry

    I like to organize and help people with practical things.

    1 year ago
  16. DeVonna

    I write, it’s what I do. It’s my one “unique” gift. Writing helps me make sense of the world and for some reason it seems to help others who read what I’ve written. I’m humbled and amazed each time I sell an article.

    1 year ago
  17. Shan

    Service/Seva is a huge task, but I do contribute with my knowledge, supporting community projects.

    1 year ago
  18. Shan

    My inner strengths enable me to remain calm most times, although I know that my thoughts are in a turmoil. My gifts are to be pointed out to me. Every breadth is a gift for which I am grateful.

    1 year ago
  19. Michele

    I find this question difficult for me….I always try to be a good listener and be there for my family and friends. I’m organized and remember everyone’s bdays/anniv/etc. In my professional life I always advocate for lab techs, medical cannabis, and organ and tissue donation.

    1 year ago
    1. Mica

      ‘Unique’ may have been the word that stumped you, Michele – the talent I named is far from unique, but I had just practiced it this morn, so I wrote about it. It looks like you have a strong combo of talents – 🥳[that silly thing was supposed to say 🎉 👏 ‘congrats’, but silly icons hop in]

      1 year ago
      1. Michele

        Thanks Mica:)

        1 year ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      Why do you think the question is difficult for you, Michele?

      1 year ago
      1. Michele

        I think Mica was correct – unique stood out, also ‘service to the world’ seems so large and unobtainable.

        1 year ago
        1. Mica

          Good point about service to the world, too, Michele –

          1 year ago
  20. Carol

    I don’t feel or think that my gifts are unique but life has tauaght me to use my ordinary gifts willingly. I think of the prayer by St. Teresa of Avilla and I try to apply it to my life. Lyrics and link to listen to John Michael Talbot’s rendition of them in song.
    St. Teresa’s Prayer
    Christ has no body now but yours
    No hands, no feet on earth but yours
    Yours are the eyes through which He looks
    With compassion on this world
    Yours are the feet with which He walks to do good
    Yours are the hands,
    With which He blesses all the world
    Yours are the hands,
    Yours are the feet
    Yours are the eyes
    You are His body
    Christ has no body now but yours
    No hands, no feet on earth but yours
    Yours are the eyes through which He looks
    With compassion on this world
    Christ has no body now on earth
    But yours
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tF7Yb9fobCg

    1 year ago
  21. devy

    Caring about other people and wanting to help. This is a part of me that has always been there. As for a service, I believe that I am presently providing a services to others in need. Perhaps once covid is resolved, I will go out and volunteer somewhere and provide more support.

    1 year ago
  22. Howie Geib

    These are questions I ask myself often. I ‘sit with’ them as the answers are elusive. I actually feel strongly that the ‘gifts’ are not as unique as the specific time and place I find myself. A better question is “how does this situation call forth my gifts in such a way that I might be of service?”

    I have come to the conclusion that my interference in the name of service is best when I get more out of it then I put into it. Not in a self centered way, as much as knowing that I am not a superhero. I am not a savior or a magician. If anything I am a servant who needs the work.

    1 year ago
    1. Katrina

      well said.

      1 year ago
    2. Kevin

      That pretty much says it all, Howie, “I am a servant who needs the work.“ perfectly stated.

      1 year ago
  23. Kevin

    Experience, training, and feedback from other people over the years have confirmed that my strongest and most sustaining gifts are caring for other people around me. Social work, and especially pastoral care of persons in need, have kept me employed and active in ministry for decades. These days, now in retirement and coping with chronic back pain, opportunities to provide pastoral care find me in quieter ways as the Spirit may lead. I am not concerned with “service to the world,” and never have been. I am concerned with the person next to me and the person I will meet tomorrow who may be in need, and who that person will lead me onto next, and in so doing the world takes care of itself.

    1 year ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      That’s lovely, Kevin. You are absolutely right. It’s about people, not about, “doing good.”

      1 year ago

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