I have been thinking about lot lately about what I am good at. I am not trying to create a list of things that I can do, or what I like to do, but what I am truly gifted at. I believe that all of us want to grow, learn, succeed, become better at what we do, accomplish, and be the person that God intended us to be.
But how am I cultivating that?
A good portion of my life is wasted on things unnecessary and dreaming of schemes larger than I am able to grasp. I want to be one of those people who know who they are and, maybe more importantly, know who they are not.
I watched this video a while back and a single stood out to me. It was created by Patagonia, an outdoor outfitter and overall activist for ecology and simplicity.
“To be a citizen of the earth is to put one’s brief life to the use of one’s dearest gifts.”
The obvious question is “what are my dearest gifts?” Dearest is such a brilliant choice of words as well, I love that our gifts are dear to us and that some of them are more emotional than others. Life was intended to be simple. Busy with the right stuff. Complex in the things that you were created to be.
Let us not chase after fasle ambition, selfish desires, or delusions of grandeur. Lets be who we are. Lets love in a way that is surprising, be generous in a way that is compelling, and forgive in a way that brings us back to a posture of wonder.
Sometimes knowing what not to do is the greatest learning of all.