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The Gift That Keeps Giving

Judging by the title of the post, you might assume I was going to write about the wonderful Holiday Crud that has been circulating for a couple of months now.  It seems that about every third person I have run into lately has some form of a head cold, or sniffles, or allergies, or something…well…cruddy.  I picked it up from someone and managed to pass it along, and yes, it seems to be the perpetual offering that each of us have bestowed on each other as we closed out 2009 and leap headlong into 2010.  Nice gift! (heavy sarcasm).

But, in spite of the fact that I am sniffling as I write…er…type this, no, I will not go there.

Instead, I want to talk about YOU!  And how wonderfully unique you are, and how there are a whole bunch of people out there that really NEED you.

I was outside a few minutes ago, cleaning up and doing some work around the house, and as I was doing so I was thinking of how beautiful it is out here in Arizona this time of year.  It caused my thoughts to run in a bunch of different directions.  I started thinking about one of the projects that I am currently working on, which happens to be a book, and then that led me to start thinking about writing in general.

It occurred to me that over the years I have had a lot of people tell me that they think I am a brilliant writer and they absolutely love to read anything that I create.  I have also had a bunch of people tell me that they think my writing sucks.  They have let me know that if I plan on supporting myself with a writing career, I should also plan on losing a lot of weight, and possibly living out of my car.

I have received comments and e-mails about how something that I have written has touched a life and made such a wonderful and positive difference for a person that I have actually had to pause and consider the great responsibility I have.  I have heard from people that some of the things I have said have inspired them to greatness and they have told me of their accomplishments, which they give me a whole bunch of credit for.  I always try to remind people that the greatness they achieve comes from within themselves, but that I am honored and blessed to have been some small part of the process.  And of course, I have the other people, who still just say that I suck…

I know, I said this post was about YOU and here I am doing nothing but talking about ME.  Just stay with me for a minute…

So as I’m thinking about all of this stuff, it just kinda hits me between the eyes that our gifts are not only special and unique, but are actually intended to be shared with certain people who totally need our gifts.  And then there are a bunch of others who will not necessarily ever make the connection with us.

Okay, now we’re getting to the YOU part.

You have a unique ability to do something.  It is the something that you would do if you could do anything you wanted.  And the way you do it is so completely exclusive to you, that nobody else could do it that way, even if they practiced their entire lives.  It is your special gift to the world.  But…like I have hinted above, it’s not for the WHOLE world.

There are people out there that need you.  They need what you have to offer.  They will appreciate you in ways that you never even imagined you could be appreciated.  And you will touch their hearts and their lives in such an important and influential way that you may not even believe that it is happening.

It’s the greatest form of human interaction that exists.  It is the ultimate life experience.  It is YOU doing exactly what YOU are suppose to be doing.  And in the process, a whole bunch of other people get exactly what they need to be fulfilled as well.

Pretty exciting, right?

So what is it that you bring to the party?  Are you a writer or an artist?  Do you have a knack for making crafts or products that people would put in their homes?  Are you a great speaker or leader?  Are you an organizer that can put together a group of people who would do wonderful things in the community, or at church, or at your kids school, or in your neighborhood?  Are you a great match maker?  Are you a good listener?  What is it that you do?  Once you are able to get in touch with that special something (and yes, it could be more than one thing), and you begin to develop it, the people who need you will gravitate to you.  The ones who don’t will begin to fade away.  And that’s okay!  Because you are not here to be the blessing to the entire world…that’s what the rest of us are for.  But you have a place, and it is carved out for you, and the void, for lack of a better term, is there for you and only you to fill.

So now you just have to figure out what it is that you do.  And I’m not trying to get pushy or anything, but hurry up about it!  There are a lot of people out here that are in serious need of your wonderful talent.  We are starving for it.  We are just needing that little push or slice of inspiration that will move us in the right direction and allow us to flourish, live our best lives, and pass along our own gifts to a whole new group of folks.

See…it’s so much better than the crud…

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7 Responses to “The Gift That Keeps Giving”

  1. avatar Geoff says:

    Hear, hear! Well said. What do you have to give, figure that out, then start giving it.

    Oh, and I think you are a very good writer, not that that means anything. 🙂


  2. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Thanks for the comment.

    And actually that compliment means a whole lot to me coming from you.

  3. avatar KK says:

    Shippey! You are soooooo correctamundo, Buddy!

    On one of the interviews I did for our next “Un” project, we were talking about this very thing. How it is not only our right to do what we love, but our responsiblity!

    Right on, Dude.

    Let’s get this party started! Time to shake the trees, my Man.

  4. avatar James R. Taylor says:

    Thank you today for the reminder to be grateful even for adversity.
    Inspired Speaker
    James R. Taylor

  5. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    KK – Thanks for the comment, yes, it is past time for us to start shaking the world a little. A community of like minded, positive, passionate people will make all the difference!

    James – I appreciate you reading and commenting. Being grateful is maybe the most powerful action we can take, and it leads to so much more.

    All the best

  6. avatar Candy says:

    I’m impressed by your writing. Are you a professional or just very knowledgeable?

  7. avatar Mike Shippey says:

    Hi Candy – thanks for the comment. Well…I’d like to consider myself both. Haha!
    Honestly, most of the knowledge comes from years of experience (most of it, learning the hard way) as well as countless hours of reading and studying people who have achieved at a high level in life.
    I hope you’ll continue to visit the site.

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