Practice One Small Thing (POST)
Loving Myself #1 ~ My Gifts
Too many words .
My “only 500 word blog posts, I promise” have crept up.
My excuse? Some of these topics have demanded some serious space.
- Talking to kids
These have deserved some depth. So, what to do to provide readers with ~
- shorter posts
- practical content
- actionable tips
- in areas of potential interest, i.e., relationship focused
. . . whilst I’m on the road?
Ah – I have to mention the “on the road” bit. My husband Mark, our daughter Mona and I will be leaving New Zealand on April 19th to spend a month back in the United States to celebrate our son’s graduation from the University of Willamette . Hooray for him! So, I’ll be posting less regularly.
I’ll also be swept up into a deliciously hectic series of events and even though I’m expecting to be very happy, I know myself well enough to remember it will help me to have some sort of grounding practice: writing, planning, thinking, – a focus for my thoughts. A possible win-win is this idea. A series short, tight POSTS – Practicing One Small Thing – to forward my overall theme of “Cultivating great relationships with family, friends and self” which I’ll create for my own focus, and then share with you here.
I’ll post 3 times a week, with one idea each time so that, if it seems to serve, you might try one of them as well to deepen your relationship with ~
- Yourself – see the topic Loving Myself
- Your family — see the topic Loving My Family
- Your friends – see the topic Loving My Friends
OK – for the first sample lets start with loving ourselves:
Today’s POST ~ Enjoying My Gifts
We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.
Right now, just to yourself, name 3 things you know you are good at that you also love to do. If you’re a good hydrogeologist but it’s not what really floats your boat, then don’t claim that. If you’re a good singer/songwriter (even if you’re not Roger McGuinn) and you love it – then go ahead and claim singer/songwriter as a Gift. (Yes Mark – I’m looking at you!)
Go on – risk it.
For me – really quickly, no thinking, no editing?
- Generating ideas
- Connecting with people
And for you?
- Fixing things?
- Creating order?
- Creating Community?
- Making connections?
- Playing guitar?
OK – got your 3 things?
PRACTICE ONE SMALL THING
Today – commit to being consciously engaged in one of your gifts. Maybe you use your Gift all the time like my friend Richard who’s gifted with a design-eye and works as an architect. OK, so today, swim around a bit in the ease and joy design can bring. Maybe it’s been hard for you to get time for expressing your gifts today – let yourself have a few minutes for YOU.
As you do so, notice how good you feel.
Just play in the garden of your own delight.
It is enough!
(It’s no coincidence I write a blog now is it – I LOVE writing!)