Thursday, July 8, 2010
Your Most Precious Gift - New Thought Sunday Message July 11, 2010
“A true gift requires nothing in return—not even gratitude, and especially not praise.” Anonymous
We can achieve and acquire and possess and still not find the fulfillment we seek. Why? Because true success is not measured in dollars, real estate holdings, or stock options. Oh, mind you, the world will lead you to believe they make you successful. And those things are quite nice. I have a few of them myself. Still, true success is found in being of conscious service to the world. You serve best by way of your unique gifts, talents, abilities, energies, and desires.
By discovering what you really like, you can design a personal mission that not only serves the world, but brings great joy to you, too. You don’t have to quit your present job (unless, of course, you want to) or move to India (unless you want to do that, too).
You are, right now, in the midst of your best moments, no matter the appearance, even if things look bleak. When you choose to see your life as a gift to the world; when you decide to step out and make your talents known; when you open your eyes, look around and see where your gifts fit with and meet the greatest need, your life becomes a new and exciting—and beautifully chilling and thrilling—adventure.
It all depends on the outlook—the perspective—you decide to take, to develop, to live in and as and through.
The light is always shining. Even at night the sun is still where it should be, throwing out its rays at the same speed. So, no need to look for the light. You carry it within you at all times, in all places. Your decision to step out of self-pity is the switch.
You are in the best of all possible places and times. Your gifts are meant for now. Share your gift wisely, lovingly and often. And at the same time, have a lot of fun in this moment ‘cause you’re a long time dead!
“Real optimism is aware of problems but recognizes solutions, knows about difficulties but believes they can be overcome, sees the negatives but accentuates the positives, is exposed to the worst but expects the best, has reason to complain, but chooses to smile.” William Arthur Ward