January 11
We are each gifted in a
unique and important way.
It is our privilege and our
adventure to discover
our own special light.
Mary Dunbar


Today's Meditation:

One of the things that makes me most sad is to see the many, many people in the world who have stopped looking for their own special light.  They've gotten caught up in their work, their families, their education, their relationships, and they've engaged some sort of autopilot, a strategy of allowing the status quo to define who they are, rather than trying to define themselves for themselves.

If we take a job because we need money, then that job rarely is a reflection of who we are as a person.  Starting a family is a wonderful blessing, but while our families may reflect who we are and what we believe, it's not the family that defines us.  The only way that we can discover our own special light is to continue to seek it, no matter what our outer situations.  And we'll find it by identifying and exercising our own special, unique gifts.

You have a great privilege and a great adventure built into your life.  They're simple, too:  discover who you are and what you can contribute in your unique ways to the world.  No one can do it for you, and you can't even do it yourself if you're not consciously making an effort to do so.

Of what does your special light consist?  Creating beautiful pieces of art?  Helping others to work through their problems and issues?  Teaching certain skills to others?  Baking the perfect chocolate chip cookies?  Showing encouragement and compassion to others?  Your privilege and adventure lie in finding those talents and developing them, and working towards contributing all that you can to this world of ours.

Questions to consider:

What are a couple of things that you're really good at?  Do you make these things a priority in your life, or just hobbies?

What are you passionate about?  What do you truly love doing?

Have you explored to find the places where your passion and talents intersect?  If you can do work that falls in that area, how strong will your contribution to the world be?

For further thought:

Be yourself.  Then you are going to be really unique
and exciting.  People are going to beat a path
to your door if you polish your inner self.

Robert D. Ballard


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