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  1. k'Care-Reena

    WHAT ARE MY PARTICULAR GIFTS & HOW MIGHT I ALLOW THEM MORE FULL EXPRESSION IN THE WORLD, KNOWING THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE WAYS OF PRACTICING GRATEFULNESS?

    MY GIFTS:
    Attentiveness
    Nuturer
    Humble
    Humor
    Carefree

    I have noticed that others have this idea of me however I have not been the same to myself therefore I can allow them to full express themselves in the world BY PRACTICING THESE GIFTS WITH MYSELF FIRST. I am extremely grateful for/to others ITS MY TURN !!!

    3 years ago
  2. TofuLove

    A high capacity for not knowing and uncertainty even in scary situations and compartmentalizing my feelings so I can remain calm and rational. I think I already do mostly. I’ve broken up a lot of fights and men about to hit women … and I’m a petite woman myself. I just see what needs to happen and feel very calm while doing it.

    3 years ago
  3. Anna

    Yesterday a colleague asked me why I didn’t choose to be the leader of my team. He is also a leader and he does not like who agreed to lead my group.
    I thanked him, because I had never been told anything like this, and asked him why he thought so.
    He told me that at least I would bring more sense of relationship, he told me that I would “create something between people”.
    Maybe I have to offer him some coffee, next time I’ll be in my office.
    his words were a mirror, what he said is true.
    I can only be grateful for that and keep on “create” good relationships at work.

    3 years ago
  4. Malag

    Some of them I bring out into the world like my persistence to get things done or my humour. Others are for me and that’s OK.

    3 years ago
  5. Mark

    My particular gift is my ability to feel for others and look after others. So I can express them more at work and in my local community by helping others in need.

    3 years ago
  6. O.Christina

    Listening deeply. Responding to those who are listened to in a way that they feel well understood. Deeply grateful for this gift. Kindness. Being a good friend, i guess. Cooking and sharing things all together. Be there for another. Creativity sometimes. Deeply grateful also once it finds its way. How to express it more? I don´t know how to free it.
    May be… Tonight someone said something very beautiful about a spiritual teacher, that his special ability and also one of his spiritual core teaching was to allow being touched by life itself, which he lived to the fullest himself. An example of sorts, where things lived well are pure gratitude towards creation and life itself. Nothing in between. So to let go of control and allow being vulnerable again would be a start, I guess.

    3 years ago
  7. Don Jones

    Going about my day quietly, purposefully, gracefully and with ease. By keeping my wake and waves minimal, it ensures there is no turbulence for others from this passage.

    3 years ago
  8. Linda

    I have empathy for others’ situations and am at my best when I can help them in their time of need.

    3 years ago
  9. d
    dcdeb

    I’m always coming up with good ideas. But i’m not so good at implementation.

    3 years ago
  10. Holly in Ohio

    I have been asking myself this lately, as I am trying to restore balance in my life, and have realized I don’t spend as much time using my gifts this last year as I do when I am in balance. My gifts are art, artisan work, sustainable gardening/farming, teaching, and writing. Physical and emotional challenges run a lot of interference, but are not really an excuse. I’m just ‘out of whack,’ and trying to get back into whack.

    I agree completely that expressing our gifts demonstrates gratitude! It can also express generosity. I slept very poorly last night and feel like i need toothpicks to keep my eyelids up this morning, but can’t sleep either, so i will get to work first on some home repairs but then I will make an effort today to use my gifts and each day this week.

    Today I am thankful for my particular gifts. I am also very thankful for the particular gifts of others!

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Art, artisan work? Do I get to hear more, Holly? 🤗 = hugs 🙂

      3 years ago
  11. M
    Maresa

    Creativity, positivity, and organization!

    3 years ago
  12. A
    Anushka Sharma

    I am a little ball of sunshine for every friend of mine. I try to radiate happiness into their lives even though it is lacking in mine.

    3 years ago
  13. Mike S

    One of Rilke’s most favored poems.

    I live my life in widening circles
    that drift out over the things.
    I may not achieve the very last,
    but it will be my aim.
    I circle around God,
    around the age-old tower;
    I’ve been circling for millennia
    and still I don’t know
    : am I a falcon,
    a storm,
    or a sovereign song?

    3 years ago
    1. Mike

      This has been my “life verse,” if you will, since I discovered this poem in the 90s.

      3 years ago
  14. Nelson

    I’m a good teacher. I know how to take really complex topics, like digital marketing, and simplify them to make them less overwhelming for business owners. Being an entrepreneur is overwhelming all in itself. So I’m glad I can help alleviate some anxiety.

    3 years ago
  15. Mike S

    I am a fair writer and for years have read mystery and suspense novels. This year I’ve started to write my own.

    3 years ago
  16. Patricia

    This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! (Hide it under a bushel – NO! I’m gonna let it shine!)

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      “Don’t you go and ‘whooff’ it out! I’m gonna let it shine!” – thanks, Patricia, for the happy memories 🙂

      3 years ago
  17. devy

    M’y gifts are compassion and being there for people going through difficulties. Probably the reason why my career was in social services working with mentally and physically challenged. Covid has stopped me from volunteering in different organizations but I try to forward gratefulness through social media such as Facebook by only posting positivity and gratitude as well as humour which I know is appreciated by many. This in turn makes me feel good.

    3 years ago
  18. Mary Pat

    Oh my…this is tough. My sisters and I were raised to use whatever gifts we had, but be invisible while we do it….and our gifts were never, ever, talked about……my parents were raised like this I bet….some things handed down through the ages need to be let go……..I see this now, so it is another area where healing can occur. I will step out and say…listening. I am a really good listener and always turn the spotlight on the other person. And I have been told I have a really wry, quick wit. So I will acknowledge those two….this gives me pause to sit back and think about this…and heal. I am grateful. Thank you!

    3 years ago
  19. SK

    My gifts to bring to the world party have always been about having, keeping and appreciating my sense of humor despite all that happens; being a friend; hostility; and soaring optimism.

    3 years ago
  20. Katrina

    In a way, I feel like I have responded to this question a number of times here. But situations are always changing. So today I will respond by saying as I find new ways to engage in retirement, life with family, neighbors, old and new friends, and our current world and national crises I find that good reflective listening for others and making. myself available to serve where I can are my ways of using two of my gifts for practicing gratefulness right now.

    3 years ago
  21. MJM2213

    I have the gift of humor. I love to make people laugh and I know I have used humor in many situations to make those who I know feel better. I also have the gift of being able to truly listen to someone. I am able to try my best to see issues and experiences from their point of view, even if I don’t agree with them.

    3 years ago
  22. Jojo

    I have the gift of encouragement however lately I’ve been inwardly consumed with my sons cancer/chemo treatment. The other day I looked up and saw all the people hurting and scared with new diagnosis. Praying for the strength to fully express my gift – to be generous with it when I’ve never felt more needy myself.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      I will light a candle for you and your son Jojo.

      3 years ago
    2. sparrow

      By being generous with your gifts,
      dear Jojo,
      when you’ve never felt more needy yourself,
      you will find yourself rewarded
      more than you can imagine…
      you are in my thoughts and prayers
      as you walk this road
      with love…
      sparrow ♥

      3 years ago
    3. Mary Pat

      My prayers are for you today.

      3 years ago
  23. G
    Gregoire

    My faith and I ever growing ability to surrender myself into God’s hands. This maturing ability to accept all things as God’s will help me help others by allowing me to unite my challenges and suffering with the courage Jesus had to face his passion and to suffer and die on the cross. Having the courage to openly associate myself as a Christian and to live my life in the willful sacrifice ofvmy time and treasures for all is the greatest gift I have to give to the world. It is it is my hope that by this example also find the peace and serenity that comes when you submit and Surrender Your Life to God

    3 years ago
  24. Howie Geib

    Full expression… interesting term. There is a very strong resistance within me to fire off prematurely. There are gifts to be sure. And yet in their raw form often insufficient and need to be built upon, honed, practiced and refined in order to not do more harm than good. It’s like having a firearm in my possession and just going out the door each day looking for something to shoot at. So I guess what I am saying is that I steward my gifts. I hold them as something to use when called upon. My gifts do not define me as much as I would like them to. Knowing they are gifts is something that acknowledges my detachment from them.

    Look. Life has, for me, demanded restraint, reflection, and a very strong need to gain humility. SO much so that I have need to engage in discernment before action about my motives. Not because I am dishonest as much as I dwell so much of the time on the borders of fantasy, delusion. The evidentiary value of doing this is clear. I am a tool not a craftsman.

    3 years ago
  25. Michele

    I’m a good listener. I share things I learn with others. My thoughts and prayers are with New Orleans and all those affected by Hurricane Ida at the moment.

    3 years ago
    1. O.Christina

      I join you in your prayers, dear friends.

      3 years ago
    2. Dusty Su

      You are, I can tell that from afar. I am praying for them all too. My goodness.

      3 years ago
  26. Dusty Su

    My voice (not the sound of it, but what it says) and laughter practices that bless others with loving support and awareness.

    To this I will add, being that my voice has was shut down in my present rented space, I greatly appreciate those who, a few days back, helped me process this unsafe situation.

    A bit of an update and appreciation. The apartment inspection went well. The ladies were lovely. It’s a very simple, quiet setting (great), but farther from beach and no birds in the morning (boohoo), but much safer emotionally for sure (yay.) Definitely, more the dynamic as far as people and personality matching goes. Just have to think about how to get out of my present situation without too many waves. No car, but a friend will help. We are in lockdown, tight restrictions, so not a simple process. I have little stuff, so that’s good.

    My concern is that present landlord will explode and make it very unpleasant. And it will remain so until I can actually leave. I’m sitting with this and praying for clarity about what steps are good. I may pack surreptitiously, say goodbye, and go all in one swift stealth move. Minimize the time that I would be subjected to an abusive response.

    Thanks for concern and support. It’s been truly heart touching and so unexpected. I’ll keep you posted. I hate taking gratitude space to do so, but hey, I am really am THANKFUL…

    P.S. just heard from the new rental.

    Hi Dusty, fantastic news! Mum really liked your energy, and that woman is all about energy 😅

    Whenever you need, the room is ready for you.

    See you on the 11th if not before

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      I’ve been worried about your mail forwarding, but the post office can do that, without getting your landlord involved, can’t they? Warm wishes and hugs to you as you deal with this painfully challenging situation and hopefully find peace soon –

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Great point, a thanks, Mica for the well wishes and hugs. The only mail I get is from the government, and I have to alert them the moment I leave. They also do everything online and send by email too. Another friend sends postcards, so I’ll update them before I move. Nothing compromising that I can see in the mail dept.

        3 years ago
    2. Linda

      Dusty Su, can someone come to your place and help you move your things? That may make your current landlord think twice before berating and abusing you.

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Yes, that is the plan. My friend will help. If it gets bad, she’ll send her husband. Unless he finds out ahead of time, this should help. We are in very strict lockdown so that’s a bit tricky. But we’ll manage.

        3 years ago
    3. Kevin

      Wonderful and promising update, Dusty ! You have nothing more than an informal handshake and agreement verbally to stay for the length of time you stated, but there’s a social contract there also, meaning responsible adults should be civil and respectful of one another in their exchange whether in formal or informal agreements, in this case between landlord and tenant and it sure sounds to me like you have been subjected to verbal abuse on a ongoing basis, which is something you certainly did not sign up for. I say work the angles to remove your possessions as thoroughly as possible while unnoticed and make a final departure and leave a brief note as to why you left. That would seem to save you from further confrontation and likely verbal abuse. it is highly likely that this is a pattern with this particular landlord which is why the apartment was available to you in the first place. I would not be concerned about taking up space to share this challenge with those who post here. It only adds meaning and purpose to why this site exists and why we are here in the first place.

      Holding you in prayer and thought through this action.

      3 years ago
      1. Mica

        Ditto, Dusty Su, what Kevin says – this is our purpose, to be helpful and useful to people like you – use all the space you want 🙂

        3 years ago
        1. Dusty Su

          Cheers, thank you. It means a lot.

          3 years ago
      2. Dusty Su

        Thank you, all very reassuring and makes sense. I appreciate you taking the time to respond as you have. It may not be so easy to get out undetected, but If I can get ready 100% and then my friend picks me up, maybe he’ll be restrained because she is there too. Walking by faith, and thanks for the prayers. I really appreciate them.

        3 years ago
    4. O.Christina

      Thanks very much for letting us know, dear Dusty Su! I am happy with you that the new place and contact with mother and daughter seems to suit really well, so that leaving the situation and not being harmed will be possible in whatever way opens for you, I guess. If confronting the one who rented your room is an option, or if it is best just to silently leave without a trace… I hope whatever it is what you decide to do, that it will be healing.

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Thank you Ose, I am praying for a peaceful departure, but if need be, I will tell my truth… I am grateful.

        3 years ago
    5. Michele

      Thank you for the update. I think going/leaving in one move sounds like the right choice.

      3 years ago
      1. Dusty Su

        Yes, at this point it does. Barring something happens that forces the situation. I am aiming for a harmless as doves, wise as serpents move … please, God!

        3 years ago
  27. sunnypatti48317

    Whatever my gift(s) may be, I hope that I am listening well enough to put them to proper use on a daily basis.

    3 years ago
  28. Kevin

    I am never comfortable rattling off my modest list of “gifts.” Not because I am afraid to reveal them, but because it feels like bragging. Besides, the most useful gifts under my care, that benefit others, come from a place not my own.

    3 years ago
    1. Dusty Su

      Yes, you have the gift of kindness and support, and it is Spirit based Kevin. See my update above regarding new horizons. Cheers, and much gratitude, Dusty

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Humility and manners are among Kevin’s gifts, too. And Kevin, you’ve shown me the way many times in this spiritual journey. You are gifted at leading by example.

        3 years ago
        1. Kevin

          You are very kind, Holly. Thank you.

          3 years ago
        2. Dusty Su

          True dat, Holly…

          3 years ago

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