Sharing your gifts

“It is not a question of whether you “have what it takes,” but of whether you take the gifts you have — they are plenteous — and share them with all the world.” ~Neale Donald Walsch

It’s so tempting to think that we have is not enough—not good enough, not big enough, not perfect enough—to be of value, but that’s just fear speaking. The truth is that we are all born with gifts that are exactly what the world needs. Our job is to be courageous enough to share them.

 

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Begging for crusts

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“There is a basket of fresh bread on your head, yet you go door to door asking for crusts.” ~Rumi

How often we ignore the gifts and treasures we already have in our lives, our talents, our relationships, our character, and instead we go begging for pale imitations from others thinking we are only worthy of scraps. We already have so much inside us and around us if we would only take the time to seek it and treasure it.

Imperfect offerings

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“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There’s a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.” ~Leonard Cohen (from the song “Anthem”)

These lyrics have been on my mind a lot in the last couple of weeks—partially because of Leonard Cohen’s death last week and partially because I needed this reminder.

As a perfectionist, I tend to want to wait to act or speak until I have devised the perfect response to the moment, but that means I too often never do or say anything.

I appreciate the reminder that a perfect offering is not what is needed. What is needed is for me to show up and offer whatever it is I have to give for the healing and renewal of the world around me, no matter how imperfect my offering may be.

What are you able to give to the world around you here and now—no matter how imperfect it may be? Will you offer it anyway?

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