“This, I believe, is the great Western truth: that each of us is a completely unique creature and that, if we are ever to give any gift to the world, it will have to come out of our own experience and fulfillment of our own potentialities, not someone else’s.” ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth …
Our uniqueness is a gift to be celebrated. After all, an awesome Creator designed us perfectly and purposefully, with attention to every detail. Furthermore, each of our unique gifts and talents are completely ours and ours alone, no one else can live the life that is only possible for us to live. And in realizing this truth, it is apparent that the single most important gift we can give to the world, must come from our hearts–out of “our own experience and fulfillment of our own potentialities.” <!–more–>
We are blessed, in this day and age, with many more ways in which we can give to the world and to the people and creatures in it. Had I been born even a century ago, my opportunities on how I might contribute would have been much more limited by my ability to travel, to communicate, and to build upon the current foundations we have available to us today. Right now, I have access to motor vehicles and airplanes that allow me to travel further, faster, cheaper, and more frequently. I have access to much better education and training, and an endless wealth of knowledge online. And I have the added bonus of building upon the wisdom of the past century.
Knowing these truths should have a profound impact on our lives… lives that were masterfully and intentionally created for us to fulfill. Accept your unique authenticity and always remain aware of your divine beauty. No other creature is like you, and no other creature holds the amazing potential that you alone do.
Gift the world in ways that only you have the ability to.
Questions to consider:
Do we all recognize and appreciate our own uniqueness? What might cause us not to do so?
What are some of your strongest gifts? How do you use them?
What kind of contribution can you make to the world today? How can you go about doing so?
For further thought:
“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. . . . And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” ~ Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank