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  1. Malag

    My mother imbued the household with a love of music and I absorbed skills by osmosis, particularly a musical ear. It was out of the ordinary in terms of the people I hung around with and it would not have happened without that gift. And what’s more interesting is that she didn’t know she was gifting something: it just flowed through her.

    3 years ago
  2. O.Christina

    As some already mentioned, the gift of life given by God; my parents, being gifted by them with some talents, allowing to being able to bring them in for serving my fellow people. Through my dear parents, perseverance, the ability to work a lot and to process things in a disciplined way as well as inner strengths like reliability, honesty and so many other gifts that possibly serve the life of others and my own also have been transmitted and for all I am deeply grateful. Beloved friends have and still do teach me how to not give up, and when sometimes the light almost is dimmed to nothing, to find back to love. It is a gift of sorts to connect through the heart with all of you here and with my dear friends and loved ones, for which I am forever grateful.

    3 years ago
  3. Kristi

    My mom taught me to enjoy the little things, even when life is tough there is always something good.

    3 years ago
  4. ryanmopo

    My mother has given me many extraordinary gifts over my life!

    3 years ago
  5. Dusty Su

    I have received so much from so many for so long. But perhaps the greatest gift of all is to recognize that, to use the gifts wisely with great gratitude.

    3 years ago
  6. Don Jones

    From my Guruji without question. The light that he shines on areas I am blind to and the resulting awe and amazement that flows from this boundless Grace. The awakening to the aliveness of life and living 100% on. The falling away of the nonsense, dross and trivia of years of only living a half life. Definitely extraordinary in my direct experience.

    3 years ago
  7. Linda

    The gifts of compassion and forgiveness from people I hurt, knowingly or not.

    3 years ago
  8. V
    Vincent-Edward Ciliberti

    I have to say it. In our society abortion has no place. It is the antithesis of the gift of love. The gift of being alive surpasses every other gift a person might long for. As starters a person receiving gifts must already be born and thus that person must have been given the gift of life. We understand that every living human must die and we all are scared of death, but we have the word of a person / God, whose words are still valid two thousand years after his dead and resurrection that our afterlife is by far much better, I for one trust Him..

    3 years ago
  9. Elaine

    My friend R, who’s been with me through every season for over five decades. Grateful am I.

    3 years ago
  10. k'Care-Reena

    FROM WHOM HAVE YOU RECEIVED EXTRAORDINARY GIFTS?
    I have received a gift from [a long lost cousin]. He introduced me to INNER MATRIX by Joey Klein and it honestly is changing my life. One of the infamous quotes is “No one is at fault for NOT knowing something they DO NOT KNOW ABOUT! ” Fully comprehending this has allowed me increase my compassion to others, especially when managing anxiety. My form of anxiety out-lashes in ANGER & FEAR which destroyed valuable relationships however I am GRATEFUL to have this understanding now are truly having healthy & valuable relationships w/ myself, Father Heaven, Mother Earth and for others. We react to their imprints w/out knowing; it is NOT 100% our fault that are reacting that way.
    HOWEVER if someone has experienced enlightenment and self discovery than they ARE AWARE of their reaction and CHOOSE TO BEHAVE THAT WAY instead of REACTING. I am extremely blessed to have rekindled the relationships I lost (valuable ones). I am becoming a better VERSION of myself because of this gift and others.

    THANK YOU FATHER HEAVEN, MOTHER EARTH and a special shout out to ALEX R.

    3 years ago
  11. Mica

    And now a whole new answer: my phone massage person, who shared a new ‘phone massage’ in which she led me to the understanding of changing negative thoughts by a gradual transition of color from the negative color, to an intermediate color between the negative and positive colors. Such an insight, compared with the simple-minded turning of a ‘minus’ into a ‘plus’ of pratipaksha bhavana, or even Byron Katie’s all-or-none ‘turning it around.’ Thank you, dear massage friend!

    DeVonna has inspired my answer – all the things I find on the sidewalk or by my condo’s dumpster: 3 lamps, including a Tiffany-style lamp in Noe Valley [I bought it a new lamp socket], a beautiful little pink-gold gooseneck lamp by the dumpster, a jewelry cabinet on the street by my daughter’s house, a lovely little tiled and wrought iron table for my balcony, across the street from my son’s house [my sadly-former son-in-law drove both of those home for me], a beautiful big sparkly red plate [now on a living-room cabinet, filled with tiny seashells], baskets – those are the ones that appear to me as I walk thru my condo. But, from whom? Life itself, it seems. It certainly seems extra-ordinary to me.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      hi Mica. My bedside table is a cherry-wood hand-sewing table, with crystal knobs! It’s in very good shape and has an inner cherry wood tray in one of the drawers. I carried it about six blocks from the curb where I found it, and it has suited me for over ten years now. You reminded of the nameless person who gave me this gift! 🙂

      3 years ago
      1. Mica

        That is a treasure, Holly in Ohio. I got a nice floor lamp several blocks from home but then found a grocery cart, and then I transferred it to another grocery cart for a store in the same block as my home, for the last few blocks.

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          hahahaha!!!

          3 years ago
  12. Cathie

    Hmm!
    Well maybe from some ancestor/s that passed on the ability to open to the Extraordinary? Or from the Divine itself?
    It could even be the gift to see the extraordinary in what others call the ordinary:)

    3 years ago
  13. pkr

    From the Lord. I am blessed. 🙏❤️

    3 years ago
  14. SK

    My friend Allana, not necessarily a believer, gave me a hand made dough baked Crèche for Christmas one year when I lived in Vernon. It was a amazing. I still put it out all these years later. Iris gave me an amazing gift for my 60th birthday- a prayer shawl from Israel. It was perfect. One year mom was so excited to give me this perfect gift of a Star-Baby figurine of reading. that was our life- books, reading, the public library. I owe my reading world to her.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      What lovely gifts! Thank you, SK

      3 years ago
  15. Ed Schulte

    The English language is so much fun! Words like “extraordinary” gifts! …So I suppose there are “medium” ordinary” gifts?…and “just plane old ordinary” gifts? ( for remakes like that I got thrown out of english class )

    A gift is a gift is a gift in my simple reality , a smile and a wave “gift” from a neighbour’s child is enough to make the Universe bow down in reverence! Where is the measuring tape for that beauty?

    But anyway it is Easter and that too is a Gift

    …and here is a “Gift” I received sometime ago which reinforces my high school stubbornness…… “So everything is relative all the time. Studying that [[fact]] even in the material plane around us, we will reach the decision that everything is ruled by the Total Wisdom, Total Love and Total Power of the Infinite BE-ing-ness. That is why the church is calling it, “the Almighty, the Merciful, the Most Wise” DASKALOS

    3 years ago
  16. Toni

    From God and all those God used or uses to show me his love for me and for the world.

    My mother bought me my apartment that I still live in 21 years ago. I saw that as a gift from God. It was a foreclosure and affordable for my mother who only wanted to help me get started after leaving a cult church after 20 years. I gave all my money to the church, my time and energy and the chance to get married and have children was also swallowed up. I had nothing when I left. My youth was gone, my sanity nearly gone, I was crushed and broken down. I nearly lost my faith. My roommate threatened to hurt me after she left the church first. She was bitter and angry and potentially violent, I had no fight left in me. All my delusions were gone. My mother helped me get back on my feet. I saw that as an extraordinary gift from God and it began to restore my faith. It was the first time I lived alone and still do after all these years of recovery from that cult. Without the generosity that my mother gave me I would not have hope and life would not be worth living. I could not make it on my own. So with the apartment payed for all I had to do was pay my bills and the maintenance fee. I kept my job and was able to handle my expenses and survived. So with the help of God, my mothers love (she passed 13 years ago) therapy, my spiritual director at my current church God is putting me back together to trust in life again after all these years and I’m doing the best I can. I can’t change the past but I can move past it, one day at a time. I recently found a recovery site that has directly helped people from the cult I was a part of. I might check that out further. The stories the members tell are similar to mine. It might open something up for me. Trust does not come easy as you can imagine. So I will proceed (or not) with caution.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      Thank you so much for trusting us with your story. You have done a lot of healing. I have enjoyed all your posts, and I never would have guessed you have been through so much. You are a beautiful person, Toni.

      3 years ago
      1. Toni

        Thank you Holly. I am trying to let go of anger and resentment and move on. This site is helping me. Such good people here. God is good and is leading the way!

        3 years ago
    2. Mica

      Wow, Tony! What an experience. It brings tears to my eyes. Warm wishes to you – 💕💞💓💗💝😷

      3 years ago
      1. Toni

        Thank you Mica. I feel safe sharing here. There is a lot of undoing being done. I call it the unraveling. God unravels us to build us up again. That’s my understanding these days.

        3 years ago
    3. Cathie

      Your story of recovering your authentic you is extraordinary-thank you for sharing.

      3 years ago
      1. Toni

        Thank you Cathie, its one day at a time. I’m appreciate your response. It all adds to the healing process.

        3 years ago
    4. pkr

      Toni, your mom sounds like an incredible human being. How blessed you are for her unconditional love. Blessings to you on your journey. ❤️

      3 years ago
      1. Toni

        Thank you my dear. My mother loved me unconditionally. I miss her. We made amends before she died and that too was extraordinary. I could not tell her everything but she knew enough about me to know I needed her and still do.

        3 years ago
  17. DeVonna

    I really struggled with this question too. The simplest gifts are often the most extraordinary. My young son returned from a walk around our neighborhood with a bedraggled flowering plant someone had pulled from their garden and discarded at the curb. He brought it to me as a gift, an evidence of his love for me. My sweet, innocent boy….

    3 years ago
  18. Carla

    There have been many gifts, too numerous to name them all from my younger brother who passed 3/30: a unique sibling friendship; three beautiful adult sons; shared memories of childhood…love & much more.

    3 years ago
  19. Michele

    Just last week, on my birthday, my daughter and her friends surprised me with a pinata! LOL. I LOVED it – I never had one before, it was so cute and awesome. My children are extraordinary gifts:)

    3 years ago
    1. Butterfly

      How lovely, Michele! Children are indeed extraordinary gifts ❤️

      3 years ago
    2. DeVonna

      I LOVE this!

      3 years ago
  20. devy

    This one had me puzzled for a moment but then I thought the gift of being alive and experiencing life is an extraordinary gift . And a gift that I cherish and am grateful .many who I know have lost the gift of life but have moved on to another extraordinary gift..joining the universe and leaving an impact on others.

    3 years ago
  21. Patricia

    I spent some time just ruminating on the phrase “extraordinary gifts”… sometimes staying with the question is almost more important than a response.

    3 years ago
    1. Carol

      I hear you, Patricia. And I had the same reaction. The daily question just led me to more questions like “What’s the difference between ordinary and extraordinary?” Apparently, I’m having difficulty with the term “extraordinary” coupled with the term “gifts.”

      3 years ago
      1. Patricia

        Exactly!

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          I am also sitting with/wrestling with this question. It makes me so thankful for this community, and those who were able to give us guiding light… the gifts of trust, of the “real”-ness of the beginnings and endings of life, of the gift of life itself. I come and I read everyone’s posts because when I hear what people share it makes me glow. I suppose that is an extraordinary gift, right there… the gift of sharing what we love, what matters to us, what gives us joy. It is a contagion I welcome!

          3 years ago
  22. Pilgrim

    From a doctor whom I believe saved my life by figuring out why I was shedding pounds and could not keep food/nutrition in my body, treated me over a long time (I still see her yearly), and brought hope back into my life. And my primary care doc who searched and referred me out to another medical system to bring this about. The gift of music from both of my parents and their families. Gifts of joy beyond measure from my daughters.

    3 years ago
  23. EJP

    My grandchildren….they’ve taught me that the simplest things in life bring the most joy and peace….what extraordinary gifts.

    3 years ago
  24. Trish

    My darling granddaughter, Edie, was born in a family with two moms. My daughter’s wife was gifted the sperm from her childhood friend. He has chosen to not be a part of Edie’s life and I’ve never met him. But, I have seen a photo of him as a child and Edie has his curly strawberry-gold locks. This man has given me a gift that is extraordinary. He’ll never know how precious it is.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      As a lesbian, this made me smile:)

      3 years ago
      1. Trish

        It’s the best….

        3 years ago
  25. Howie Geib

    So many folks who fall into two major categories: The newly born and the dying. Those on the thresholds of this adventure. They embolden me, forgive me, and most of all teach me. Their roles have been truly extraordinary in that I have been consistently blindsided by their deep wisdom and keen insights, the raw generosity .I have had amazing gifts from countless teachers and friends, family and strangers! But there is something utterly otherworldly, on another plane altogether, from the perspective of those on the edge of life. It quickly gets very real.

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you, Howie!

      3 years ago
  26. Christine

    From God, the beautiful life I had with my dear husband Karel. It was all about love.
    From W.A. Mozart the requiem Lacrimosa.

    3 years ago
    1. Cathie

      Thank you for the introduction to this moving piece of music!

      3 years ago
    2. DeVonna

      Because of your response I am listening to the requiem Lacrimosa now…it is otherworldly beautiful. Thank you

      3 years ago
  27. Kevin

    I have had the great privilege of working with children and teenagers in various settings for over forty years. And while I was charged with helping them during their time of need, the gift of trust which I received from them, and their willingness to share their world with me, remain among the greatest gifts of my life.

    3 years ago
    1. Christine

      The gift of trust. What a great gift.

      3 years ago
  28. sunnypatti48317

    I would say most encounters in life have offered me gifts, but the most extraordinary have come from my parents, my husband, and from God. Grateful for the gift of life and love.

    3 years ago
    1. DeVonna

      What a wonderful gift, is love. I remember the first time I experienced it. I was 16, I had only recently become a Christian. I was sitting on the floor of my bedroom in my foster father’s house, flipping through my very first Bible. I was in awe of all the stories it contained…lessons on life and offerings of eternal promises…when suddenly, I felt something very …. strange. It was so powerful I actually held my hand in midair, in the midst of turning a page. I wondered, “What is this? What is happening?” and then it dawned on me. This was love. I was experiencing for the first time in my life the feeling of being loved, cherished… tears formed in my eyes. “No wonder people write songs about this, ” I thought. The memory stirs me still…wonderful, simple, precious, LOVE.

      3 years ago
      1. sunnypatti48317

        Thank you for sharing this, DeVonna! I love when the power of love overcomes us. Wonderful, simple, and precious, indeed!

        3 years ago

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