How To Recognize Our Innate and Natural Gifts – The Source of Our True Self – Part I
As most of you know, my life-work centers around personal and social human evolution and to see this idea of “evolution” as a process that occurs within a individuals lifetime. The work is founded on the notion that we, as unique human beings, have a fundamental need to:
- more effectively express and live our natural gifts and dispositions;
- discover healthier and fuller human relationship synergy born naturally from this truer “Self”;
- come to know sooner, and live more fully with intention, our YOUnique “Life-Purpose.”
What I wish to do here is very simple. The beginning bottom line to living one’s gifts in one’s lifetime is to come to discover them, to value them, and then act on manifesting and living them most fully and in our daily life over time.
This idea of discovering and living our natural gifts and dispositions “over time” cannot be over stated. This process is anything but a quick fix. It is a lifetime deal. A lifetime of learning is involved in this idea of Self evolving. As it should be. Personal evolution is The Never Ending (life) Story for each of us.
Now, invariably, and naturally, when my conversations with people in real or virtual life get to this point I will get the same question from someone in the audience, or that person I am speaking with directly in front of me (… and their inner-dialog is most likely something along these lines, “BlahBlahdiddlyblah”)
Here’s THE question:
“HOW THE $#%@ DO I FIGURE OUT WHAT MY GIFTS ARE?!”
I have capitalized this question as the speaking voice of the inquirer typically carries some shade of emotion. My answer is surprisingly simple, even elegant, but the application of the insight found in the answer is incredibly difficult to do.
Here’s my reply:
“As an adult we can see our natural gifts through our reaction to others… over time. Specifically, it’s those things that consistently frustrate us about other people that represents our natural and innate gifts and dispositions.”
It is those things others can’t do, that we do easily, that reflect our innate gifts and dispositions. As an adult, with life memories, and built-up pattern of thought and behavior, this is the simplest way I know of to begin seeing one’s naturally gifted Self…
It is quite illuminating as we consider our own negative reactions to others as being unreasonable. All along we thought they were the idiots, or simple minded, or just plain incompetent, when it turns out they were none of these, that we were simply not accurately valuing that which made us unique.
Written by JohnBrian
January 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm
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