Are you looking ahead?
Are you looking to the side?
Are you looking behind?
The present holds the key
Have you ever thought of a person as a gift? A gift person is one who comes into your life and leaves you with an awareness or insight that enriches or motivates or helps you change direction. They are everywhere. We just need to notice them.
A gift person could be a long-standing friend
The most obvious gift person will be someone close to you. You are aware of how much you value their friendship and you know you can count on them. I have three major friends I count on to help me sort myself out. I go to them for different reasons. One is my philosophical/spiritual friend, another is my business related reflector, and another is for physical plane and practical assistance. I go to them in my time of need and I hope I am there for them in the ways they need me to be. You don’t need different friends for different reasons, but sometimes having a friend who can take you deeper into one particular aspect of a problem is helpful.
A gift person is often unexpected
Your paths cross. This could be a brief encounter or a lengthy one. A new person comes into your life and opens up some new paths you want to explore. A new client of mine is an aromatherapist and as I help her expand her business, I want to know more about the energetic uses of essential oils. Her path and interest has influenced mine. Whose path has changed your direction?
You are thanked. A gift person acknowledges others. She mentions the small moments of service, the laughter that was shared, or the work that was accomplished together. Acknowledgement from a client will help me see how I am in service to them. It helps me provide more of that same benefit to others. When did you last thank someone? When did someone thank you?
A new insight occurs. A gift may come from something you observe. I was fascinated to hear the differing versions a group of us had about a person who had passed away. I realized that we are seen differently at various points of our life depending on the needs of the person we interact with and what we are able to give back at the time. As I grow older, it made me more forgiving of some of my past choices. What new insights have circumstances provided for you?
You are given an opportunity. I take my highly honed organization ability for granted. I actively apply it in my business. But I have been inordinately pleased with the sense of service that I received while volunteering a basic skill in a group that really needed what I had to offer. Look for places to share yourself that you have not explored before.
A gift person could be a brief encounter when you most need it. A woman in the complex where I live complimented me about an article I had written for our newsletter. It was unexpected and I was touched by it. It encouraged me to keep writing for that publication. See what unsolicited compliments you can deliver today.
I used to keep an Acknowledgement Book. When someone said something positive about me I wrote it down, along with the date and who said it. Whenever I got down in the dumps, I would read those messages I had been given and perhaps couldn’t accept at the time. Sometimes I was amazed at what they saw in me, it often was more than I could see in myself. Now my acknowledgments are in my computer many in the form of testimonials I have received over the years. Are your positive comments in someone else’s Acknowledgement Book?
A gift person can be someone whose words you read
I am continually challenged and changed by Abraham-Hicks and Mike Dooly. Seth Godin and Sonja Simone inspire me to do better work. And I have a collection of meaningful phrases I have read in the fiction books I read. A gift can come from a news story, or a talk, or a blog post someone chooses to share. We are surrounded by gifts coming at us from all directions. What we write, what we say and how we show up are part of our gifts.
Are you a gift person?
Sometime a gift person just listens. Sometimes a gift person simply shows up as who they are in the moment. Sometimes a gift person is someone you don’t know but who writes something that changes your life. The idea of a gift person came from the book “Evensong” by Gail Godwin. She is a magnificent writer and as I read I am writing down phrases that express my own feelings and deepened my awareness of my own process and path. Sometimes you don’t have any idea that you have been a gift person.
I want to be a gift person. I want my words to be thoughtful. I want my presence to be inspiriting; I want my kindness to be felt. Go out and be a gift person today.
“In my life I have deliberately cultivated a workday that is flexible, simplified, slow, mindful, creative” writes Leo Babauta and I wondered what that would feel like, how I could experience that
Set aside contemplative time
Mindfully starting your day with inner work sets the stage. I do Falun Gong followed by Transcendental Meditation and a passage from “Opening Doors Within” by Eileen Cady. When I get to my computer I read the daily quote from www.abraham-hicks.com and www.tut.com And sometimes I sit down and write a post like this in which I try to figure out what changes I can make in my awareness that will deepen my spiritual connection with the Universe.
Journal for awareness
I journal on my computer but in the past I wrote by hand. There is something so serene about hand writing your thoughts, particularly if you are mindful of the way you form your letters and how your ideas emerge on the paper. Writing helps you bring your ideas into a tangible form. For me the ultimate act of creation is capturing an idea and helping it take shape. Sometimes I journal at the end of the day. I reflect on how I felt, what I contributed, what I learned, whose lives I touched and opportunities I took or didn’t take. Acknowledgement and gratitude are important and journaling is a good place to record them.
I purchased a new frame for a poster I have always loved to look at. It had been behind a door for many months waiting patiently for me to get the frame. When it was finally up in its new place I simply sat and enjoyed it. I looked around my home and savored the arrangements I have made and the objects I have collected. When my cat came to cuddle on my lap I added that affection to my awareness. It’s nourishing to simply be. I have a bird feeder beside the window where I sit at my computer that brings me fascinating visitors. I take time to watch their interaction. I have a willow tree that dances in the wind and the sky is like having my own artist create masterpieces for me as the sun descends or a storm comes or the fluffy clouds parade around the sky. Take time to simply be with what is.
Read the signs and signals
Sometimes I want guidance. I have an opportunity to consider or a choice to make so I ask the universe for signs. These show up as ah ha moments. They show up as new opportunities. They show up as a sentence I read in a blog post. I’ve been getting a steady series of signs to move more deeply into the spiritual aspect of my work. They keep coming and I keep listening. Now I’m acting on them. Follow your heart when you make your choices.
Capture the opportunities
In your unhurried day you do have to act. It’s not about how much you accomplish, it’s about what you actually achieve, how you move yourself forward, what lives you touch or will touch by what you do with your time. Is what you are doing aligned with your vision? Does it help you change lives? Is it an idea that will serve others? Each day chose to act on only three things that will move you closer to your goal. Take your journey one thoughtful step at a time.
Are You Making The Best Use Of Inner Time?
A workday that is “flexible, simplified, slow, mindful, creative.” When we keep that desire in mind and move with conscious awareness throughout our day we will find ourselves both productive and nourished. I would like that.
When you slow down you savor. When you savor you are nourished. Do you know how to live an unhurried day?