Ever wonder what you can do to be more like the person you always aspired to be? You know, the one you hoped you would grow up to be, but didn’t get the chance because life seemed to hit you upside your head and throw you off course?
Well, I learned of certain gifts that we may still have and others that we can develop to be the person — the “higher person” — that that we visualized at one time. That person still resides deep inside of us. He or she lives in our spiritual center, our soul or the spark of divine love instilled in us at birth.
We all have spiritual gifts to provide. These are gifts not just for saints or bodhisattvas. Nor do they exist just for priests, rabbis or imams. There for the laity of religious groups, those like you and me who want to evolve in two ways: one, to “be good” and secondly to “do good.”
Here is a partial list provided me by a fellow from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, Pa., where the rector dabbles in mysticism and other uplifting experiences. He helped to create the Center for Contemporary Mysticism.
Enjoy the perusal.
Gifts of Being
Friend Companion Partner Gracious Receiver Self-giving
Respectful Team Worker Centered Prayerful Reflective
Tranquil Serene Trustworthy Faithful Trusting Courteous
Polite Accepting Loving Understanding Compassionate
Responsible Dependable Generous Artistic Competent
Hardworking Efficient Honest Independent Action-Oriented
Intense Committed Initiator Risk-Taker Innovator
Self-Developer Helper Kind Affectionate Festive
Happy Cheerful Optimistic Spontaneous Outgoing
Gifts of Doing
Design Facilitate Create Conceptualize Analyze Diagnose
Critique Interpret Construct Build Repair Maintain Caretaker
Precision Worker Operate Use Tool Teach Learn Seek
Communicate Talk Write Persuade Sell Perform Demonstrate
Evaluate Inspect Inventory Catalog Compile Collect Research
Investigate Facilitate Moderate Advise Counsel Negotiate Arbitrate
Reconcile Listen Encourage Seek Wait on Others Nurture Heal
Enable Motivate Lead Inspire Supervise Coordinate Organize
Arrange Display Compare Observe Copy Record Compute
“Being” can be just as rewarding for others as “doing” sometimes.
What gifts can you provide your neighbor, your loved one, or perhaps, even your enemy?
Look inside. You’ll find them. Now, place them at the forefront of your awareness for the benefit of all.
This sounds very Christian. Might even have its roots in Islam or Buddhism. I wouldn’t put it past some Hindus or some Jews to have come up with these terms for loving God or the divine that to be calling out to us from within.
Can I get an “amen?”
A M E N . . .
Thanks Michael J., for penning this reminder; a most-affirming & encouraging ‘To Do’, as well as ‘To Be’, List.
We all DO share in one way or another. Just ‘Being’ counts, though sometimes being can be more challenging than doing.
Make It So & Let It Be. 🙂