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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.
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.
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.
I am a good listener.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. 🙂
p.s. Happy Juneteenth everyone! I’m headed to the celebration.
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.
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.
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.
I do have them and I do use them. Sometimes TOO MUCH!
I like to organize and help people with practical things.
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