No matter what your faith practice is, you are an expression of life. Call it God, the Universe, Creator; your existence is no accident. You are a miracle. You are a one in 400 trillion chance happening. The odds of someone else being born with your gifts, talents, and personality are one in 50 billion. With the population on the rise at a steep incline, it’s hard to imagine how truly special you are, but my dear, you are the only you and you matter.
We have the ability to make a difference in not only our lives, but everything we do creates a ripple outward to those closest to us and even the world. “The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away”-Pablo Picasso. The things you’ll be best at are when you’re being YOU. You’ll enjoy the process and the path. And on your way, you’ll attract the RIGHT people, the RIGHT events, and your environment will change.
We are blessed with countless gifts and talents. We are born with unique strengths, values and skillsets. When we don’t use our talents or follow our dreams, we bury those same talents that when used, can multiply. There’s a parable of the Three Servants in Matthew 25:14-30 and I’ve heard it as a story with a different asset. In the parable, coins of silver are given to the servants before their master leaves on an errand, in the story they use the term “talents”. The principle is the same. The first servant he gives away five talents and says please take care of these for me. The second receives two talents and his master tells him to also see they are handled well. The last he gives one talent and says he trusts him with it. When the master returns, he asks for an account of his silver talents. The first says “Master, you have given me five talents to invest, and I have gained five more”. The Second cheerfully exclaims he has also doubled his talents. When the master came to the third servant, he told him he hid it in the earth because he was afraid of losing it. He ordered the servant to dig it out and give it to the servant with ten talents. “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” It gets a little brutal and ends with “Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” in the original text. The point is clear. You were presented with gifts. Use them well or lose them.
How do you know where to find your gifts? You will find them glistening like gems in the things you love the most. What you would do for hours and hours for FREE is where you’ll find your gifts. The things you do the best; your strengths. The beautiful thing is, the things you’re best at appear when you are being truly YOU. You and your unique desires. Can you imagine what life would be like if we ALL had the same favorite food? We would be out of Kombucha, that’s what. We don’t all want the same things, and that’s GREAT news for you and me! I would be extremely bored if we were all the same, with the same thoughts and perceptions of the world. As an ENFP, I can tell you right now, the “outer darkness with weeping and gnashing of teeth” sounds like a more pleasant existence than a world of boring.
The process to finding yourself and how to express yourself authentically to the world is challenging, but SO much fun in the long term. It can be scary to walk off of the path they (your parents, religious leaders, teachers, society, the media, friends…anyone who has planted a limited belief in your fertile mind) have set out for you. It will be uncomfortable to do. You’ll probably get some burrs and poison ivy, see a snake. And then, you’ll find something BEAUTIFUL, like a watermelon growing near a creek and it will be the juiciest, ripest GOLDEN watermelon you’ve ever had. Perfect; yours. That’s what it’s like. When you start following your heart and where it leads you, it will be strange and cumbersome at first, but the result is your juiciest life.
As you follow a new and bright path as your heart guides you, you will find yourself surrounded by the right people. The people who see you, because you are who you are. The people who seek you out because your light is shining, your freak flag is waving, and those who want to share the watermelon with you. Not only is your relationship with yourself becoming true, your relationships around you will be ones that matter. Not much is worse than pretending to be someone you’re not, and being around people that make you feel like you cannot be you. Stepping into your true self is like getting into a luxurious bubble bath, like silk on your body, like biting into a warm cookie, like a runner’s high, and wearing your favorite pjs by the fire. A sigh.
It is also safe to guarantee your environment will change too. Where you work, where you live, how you dress, the people you’re surrounded by, your bank account, your fridge, your calendar. It will all change to align with you. When you are true to yourself, everything you desire can be yours. You will be more encouraging to others to be themselves. When you let your light shine bright, it gives permission for others to do the same. What you do ripples outward. When you become yourself, you raise the vibration for everyone around you. It is your duty to discover your gifts. It is your purpose and meaning to give your gifts away.
My gift to you is sharing everything I have learned. How it is possible to LIVE and not simply exist. How good it feels to be aware of your purpose. How your life can change just by doing what you LOVE. I want to share my story, how I found my talents and how I’ve multiplied them. I want to share how to live life with ease. How it’s meant to be FUN! Spoiler: No one gets out alive. So, instead of hanging out with the gnashing teeth, write a list of your talents. Your unique expression is packed with talent seeds that only need be watered and cared for. Start with a list of things you’re good at. Next to that, things you love to do. Compare and get to work. If you’re not uncomfortable, and if you’re not having some fun in the process, keep working to find it. Remember, if you don’t use your talents, you’ll lose them.
Thank you, for being you.