Wowzers! Jamie Ridler’s Wishcast wish prompt this week is “What gifts do you wish to share?”
And that question kind of hit me between the eyes…the last several weeks I’ve been having some difficult moments with feeling like what I have to offer isn’t necessarily what people want. This question really put the words to what I’ve been feeling–I’ve been trying to offer some gifts of myself but, in certain circumstances, those gifts have been rebuffed. Hence, the “wowzers!”
As I said, this feeling of rejection–because that’s what it’s really about, isn’t in all situations or with all people. But each time it happens, it does hurt deep–obviously a deep wound from my past. Feelings of rejection are a recurring issue of mine.
But…I’m digressing into painful feelings and not focusing on the question at hand. It’s important for me to process these feelings of rejection, and I will, but not here. My wishes are for focusing on the positives in life, to help change my feelings of pain to feelings of possibilities and light. To know that the uncomfortable feelings also provide an opportunity to shift my focus. Today, it’s to know that the opposite of “rejection” is “acceptance”–and that acceptance is really my goal–my acceptance of ME!
So…the gifts I wish to share are:
– My ability to shift focus to the where I want to go (sometimes it takes me longer than I’d like though…)
– My collection of quotes–some times it feels inexhaustible. Words have such deep meaning to me.
– My creativity–my arts, my crafts, my vision, my standards of detail.
– My love–my wounded heart (it’s healing)
– My joy–need to share it more with myself too!
– My gratitude–to everyone who “gets” me; and to Spirit, always!
To be born is to be chosen. No one is here by accident. Each one of us was sent here for a special destiny. For millions of years, before you arrived here, the dream of your individuality was carefully prepared. You were sent to be a shape of destiny in which you would be able to express the special gift you bring the world…Sometimes this gift may involve suffering and pain that can neither be accounted for or explained…It is in the depths of your life that you will discover the invisible necessity that has brought you here. – John O’Donahue
The blessings for which we hunger are not to be found in other places or people. These gifts can only be given to you by yourself. They are at home in the hearth of your soul. – John O’Donahue
All of us are gifted. Every person has a gift that can bring great joy and light to those who encounter it. Our task is to stand in the sun and create a climate that will develop and nurture our gift. – Anonymous
Because our gifts carry us out into the world and make us participants in life, the uncovering of them is one of the most important tasks confronting any one of us. When we talk about being true to ourselves–being the persons we are intended to be–we are talking about gifts. We cannot be ourselves unless we are true to our gifts. – Elizabeth O’Connor
We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and adventure to discover our own special light. – Mary Dunbar