Each of us is a gift. We bring with us into the world a bundle of raw talent and possibilities. When we take all that and mix it with our life experience it’s somewhat like having both the seed and the earth on standby, ready and willing to produce something special. Yet only we can prepare the soil for its use—so that it can bear fruit. Some struggle to learn how to create the furrows in the ground, remove the stone or debris, and prepare for the planting. They say, “This land is barren—nothing good can come of it!” Yet others see a grove where stately trees gently sway in the warm breeze providing shelter and joy. The degrees to which we use our God-given gifts are forever linked to seeing ourselves and all that surrounds us as being enough. Some can’t break the pattern of scarcity, and others find ways to overcome and create from everything they already have.
I watched my youngest daughter graduate last weekend with her Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design. It was such an incredible moment in time. She finished her degree after years of attending classes part-time, and finally taking the last two years to go full time. Her major changed a few times, requiring additional credit hours as she switched from a BA to a BS. I watched her struggle with uncertainty about what she wanted to do with her life and I admire her tenacity as she continued to work the soil until it was ready to receive her soul’s calling. Her tremendous creativity and artistry is something our family admires and we have long watched as it showed itself in everything she did - and now we see it in her inspired designs.
My oldest daughter graduated in Florida the month before with a degree in Music Business, and sadly I was unable to attend. But there she was celebrating her sister and fawning over her final projects with awe and delight. These two daughters of mine stood side-by-side hugging each other the night before the ceremony and shared how proud they were of each other, and the hard work and effort it took to complete these milestones. I think what makes me the most proud is that they both have followed their hearts and pursued interests that are such a part of the unique and talented women that they are. I can remember the oldest singing tirelessly in the car and the youngest taking art classes to satisfy her hunger to create spatially.
Each of us has a special and divine gift to offer the world. We owe it to ourselves to cultivate the space so we can bring the best we have to offer forth. This year give to others by being the best version of yourself, the gift you were always meant to be.
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Deb Siverson is a seasoned executive coach, certified as a PCC through the International Coach Federation. If you want to schedule time to discuss how you or your organization can increase engagement by having a different conversation at work, contact us now.