The other day I was helping a friend write down her strengths and gifts. She has been struggling with being lonely, and has been feeling low.
|Mr. UT encouraged me to do this several years ago!!|
Too often, we don’t see the gifts we have.
I know I didn’t.
I also learned that when my drinking got worse, my self-loathing got worse.
Drinking added another layer of shame onto the ones I already had.
Sometimes, it’s hard to see the good in oneself, because we are so often taught it is selfish.
This friend has so many gifts to give. When I started writing them out for her to see, she was amazed at what she can offer the world.
The thing about gifts, however, is that they, like life, can change. I had a gift of music and that changed. Now I found the gift of writing this blog!
The other thing about gifts is we have to use them to make the world a better place!
If I keep my gifts all hoarded to myself, it only makes me a small person.
By looking at the things I can give to the world, my family, my friends, and strangers, I am given a way to help people.
If one of your gifts is kindness, then that is something you can use. Our world desperately needs kindness.
If one of your gifts is patience, be proud of that, and help other people waiting in line to be patient, too.
I thought of some my Hub’s gifts, as he has many:
|Mr. UT finishing our lower level!|
able to fix things, build things
good with money and finances
good at his job
a good friend
I look at his gifts I realize not only does he use them with me, he also uses them with his friends, neighbors, and family. And although he sometimes swears at other drivers, he also uses these to make the world a better place!
Looking at a person’s gifts make me appreciate them more. Looking at what gifts I have to offer helps me balance the self-anger and shame I used to have.
The biggest gift I have to offer the world right now is joy. If I can help one person laugh or smile today, I have used my gift of joy.
With a Hand out to Help,
|Mr. UT plans many adventures for us!|
On Day 1257,