When I was in the thick of my transition from my career to a new chapter, I almost let something slip away. I almost forgot my gifts.
The fact that my existence in this world is not a random occurrence, but a purposeful presence meant to make a positive impact. But, I couldn’t see that while I was caught up in the messy middle. The transition from a career that had defined me and created a structure that was the hustle and bustle of my everyday life.
I thought my career was the reason I was here, but I forgot that was only one chapter of my life and only one way I had contributed to society and the world. Yes, my unique skills, talents, and qualities had created a certain structure for the hustle and bustle of my everyday life for 30 years. But, now it was different.
Then my aha moment hit. It was time to apply those unique skills, talents, and qualities in new ways and for a new purpose. (Let me know if you’re nodding your head in agreement.)
I believe every single one of us is here on purpose. My existence and your existence are not accidental. You’re not a mere bystander in the grand story of humanity; you’re an important character with a critical role to play. So am I.
Who you are, the experiences you’ve had, and the qualities that make each of us who we are all have significance.
Don’t let life transitions like retirement or moving into a new chapter cause you to question yourself or your ability to put your talents to work in new, exciting ways.
Not sure where to begin? Grab your journal and take some time to reflect on the gifts that you bring to the world. Consider what sets you apart from others. What are the things you do effortlessly, the activities that make you lose track of time, or the qualities that people often admire in you?
Jot down a list of five special skills and talents that you can use to make the world a better place. Here are some to get the creative juices flowing:
- Empathy: Your ability to understand and connect with others on a deep emotional level is a gift that can bring comfort and solace to those in need.
- Creativity: Your inventive mind can solve problems and create solutions that have the potential to revolutionize the way we live and work.
- Listening: Your skill in being a compassionate and active listener can help foster better communication and understanding in personal and professional relationships.
- Organization: Your knack for order and planning can bring structure to chaos, making processes more efficient and effective.
- Teaching: Your passion for sharing knowledge and helping others learn can inspire and empower individuals to reach their full potential.
Now, consider how each of these gifts, which might seem like small pebbles in the vast ocean of talents, can create a ripple effect in the world.
When you use your empathy to comfort a friend in need, you’re creating a ripple of emotional support. When your creativity leads to an innovative solution, it can lead to a ripple of positive change in your community or even the world. Your skills have the potential to inspire and influence others, creating a chain reaction of goodness.
When you feel as if your efforts don’t matter, just remember that you are not here by accident; you are here on purpose, with a purpose. Your unique gifts, skills, and talents are contributions to the world’s ongoing story.
Even the smallest pebble, when thrown into the water, can create ripples that spread far and wide. So, take a moment this week to consider how you can use your gifts to make a positive impact on the world and inspire others to do the same.
Remember, you are here for a reason, and your presence matters. What are your gifts and how will (or are) you use them to positively impact the world?
This is the time of year when we start to think about the gifts we’ll give others. But, those gifts don’t always have to be tangible ones, wrapped up in a box with a beautiful bow. They can be gifts of yourself you give to others.
If you’re not sure what your gifts are, how to apply them in new ways in your next chapter, or how to even begin to design a new chapter, I’m hosting a workshop early December that may give you some ideas on where to start. It’s time to share your gifts with the world. Click here for all the details. Can’t wait to see you there!