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Your Gifts

I don’t know if it’s the hot, humid days sucking the energy out of me or just a temporary dry spell of creativity, but for whatever the reason, I have been met with procrastination and internal resistance when I have attempted to write an article or post of some kind.  I thought that maybe conceding defeat to a week already skipped, I might be ready to write again this week.  Apparently not.

So here it is Friday, and I was bound and determined to share something with you.  Because nothing had particularly shifted for me in the way of generating any new ideas, I began to get either panicky or creative and thought, “Hmmm, what might I already have written that might be helpful?”  Fortunately, I thought of something almost immediately.  Not sure why, but I was very grateful, instead of continuing to panic.

It’s something I wrote several years ago that I considered worth keeping.  It’s called “Your Gifts”.  At a time when I am feeling rather empty, remembering this poem is reassuring.  See if you might find some reassurance or even inspiration in it for you as well.

Your Gifts

So many gifts
Never received
Because never given.
Darkness, duty, fear or frenzy
Cloaks each gift
Meant to be shared, meant to be given.
Some don’t even recognize
The gifts they carry.
Others do but are stopped short
By too many obstacles:
Time, fear, guilt, embarrassment,
Shame, self-consciousness, preconceptions.

But the worst obstacle, perhaps,
Is separation —
Thinking we are all
Separate, disconnected beings,
Caught up in our own little worlds,
Afraid of reaching out,
Feeling it’s all too much,
Not appreciating the importance
Of connecting
Through the gifts carried.

Share your gifts.
Do what is required
To remove each obstacle,
One by one.
Or go around, or over, or through.

You are greater than your obstacles
Big as life though they may seem.
Do what is required.
It is essential
For sanity, for health, for peace,
Both yours and others’.

Remove each obstacle.
Do not hesitate
To ask for help when needed.
For not doing so can become
Just another obstacle.
Do not hesitate
To trust
That it is good, it is right
To share the gifts you carry.
It is always right.

You will know
When
To share your gifts
How
To share your gifts,
With whom
To share your gifts.

Share your gifts.
You need the blessing
As much as others need
Your gifts.

Christine Cloutier-Weddle

Comments on: "Your Gifts" (4)

  1. Gwyn Weathers said:

    Thank you for sharing the gift of your poem. I hope that you, too, found inspiration in your words. A friend of mine once shared with me — when I was feeling frustrated and lost — that I should “go back to the place where I wasn’t lost.” Going back is not necessarily going backwards; sometimes it helps us to get back on the path to go forward. May we all have good, positive, forward motion in our lives today!

    • Hi Gwyn. You’re welcome. Thanks for sharing your own and your friend’s wisdom! I also view “going back” as going internally, to my heart and the place in me that “knows”.

  2. I feel like I just received a gift in reading your post “Your Gifts”! Thanks Christine, for these reminders. Whether giving or receiving, we can all use more gifts!

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