I mentioned long ago that one of the most important factors of holistic living is the ability to be honest with yourself. We live in a world that has NO problem pointing out faults. And we likely spend a lot of time focused on our own and those around us. I know I surely do. And yes, this, by the way, has a lot to do with health. But I am focusing on spiritual health here.
So, I have a challenge for you, fellow contributors and readers. I want us to each be brutally honest about our strengths, in particular those things we know are our divine gifts. Can we not all become comfortable with acknowledging the good in ourselves and those we are involved with? What would happen if we weren't seen as bragging or being conceited and proud? What if we could just accept that divine heritage we are each born with and are developing? How would the world ultimately be changed is we became Greatness Seekers. Well, maybe not the whole world, but certainly OUR world would change. Right?
What makes you special, GREAT even?
I will go first. (Hey now, no "Wow, she's boldly conceited!" allowed. Remember, we are trying to get rid of that thinking. :-) This feels really risky in truth. And somebody has to start.)
I have the divine gift of being able to see the invisible person. I always have. It's that person who is sitting on the sidelines, hoping, praying that someone will notice them. Not only do I see them, I do something about it. I introduce myself and I make sure others have the opportunity to meet them too. I have met the most amazing people as a result and I feel so grateful for this ability. This has also given me the chance to learn so many new things and see the world through a new perspective.
I have learned how to keep a secret really, really well. I guess you could call this being trustworthy. I view the things that people share with me as little gifts of themselves. And it's a good thing since most people seem to spill their guts to me. Hmmm... What would we call that? The gift of breathing truth telling serum? Heehee.
I am strong, in body, mind and spirit. I stood in a cemetery, a year and a half ago, after burying my much beloved grandfather, where generations of my ancestors are also buried. I looked at their names on the headstones. And I kid you not, it was one of the most tangible spiritual moments of my life, but I could feel those women telling me that this was their gift, passed down to me through my blood. I am strong because they were and they gifted it to me. What's even more awesome is being able to recognize that same quality in my own daughters. I also seem to instinctively sense it in others.
What are your gifts? Please share openly, without fear of ridicule or feelings of conceit. Use a fake name if you must. I did.
You are amazing and accepting that is part of acknowledging your divine inheritance. I wish I could find words to persuasively express this truth. Yes, Heavenly Father wants us to overcome weakness and sins which requires recognizing them. However, He never wants us to forget who we really are. He expects us to accept the talents/gifts He's given us and not bury them in the sand. He wants us to cultivate greatness and our gifts of the spirit. They lie within every single one of us.
This is your time to shout to the world, who you really are.
So, my sweets, spill it!
Doctrine & Covenants 89: 18-19
"And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures."