I spotted the above saying and it struck a chord. The meaning of life is one of the great imponderables, something that can never be pinpointed on a map, defined in writing or snapped in a photo. However, discovering what you are truly good at is as good a definition as I have heard.
What is my gift? Good question. I'm at an age where retirement is a reality and not an abstraction of youth, yet I have no idea what my "gift" is. In all honesty, I still tell people that I don't know what I want to do when I grow up. Perhaps not growing up is my gift.
Once I determine what exactly my gift is, I hope that I will have the courage to give back in some way and to use my gift for the benefit of others. Many years ago, I was told by a poorly informed but otherwise responsible person that the desire to entertain others was a vanity that needed to be avoided. I shouldn't have listened then, but I did take this to heart and pursued more traditional activities. Those activities weren't bad things, but I have this thought that I should have followed my dreams.
Whatever your gift is, I sincerely hope you find it in 2014 -- if you don't already know what it is. I'm good at a heckuva lot of things, but don't know that I'm great at any of them. I have a dream about what I'd really like to do, and am slowly pressing forward with that. I honestly do think that you can and should be doing whatever it is that you like to do. The key is to just get started and do it... don't let anyone say you can't.
I hope you all had an excellent holiday season and that 2014 holds only the best for you. I appreciate that you've taken time to read this blog, and there will be more here next year.
Happy New Year!