We are sometimes unaware of how much good fortune surrounds us.
Every now and then it is important to watch where our attention goes,
because it is our attention that control how and what we see in the world.
As a society a lot of our energy is focused on the acquisition of money and
material possessions. All of which can be enormously helpful if held in its
proper balance. But there are many other gifts that once acquired can be
far more valuable and will continue to spread and appreciate in value.
For many people the focus on acquiring financial wealth and material
possessions is overwhelming. our society tends to support and perpetuate
this longing. Because of this emphasis, many people associate a gift with
something that is tangible. When we think of someone that is gifted
however, we usually associate that gift with something special and intangible.
It may be that they have a great sense of humor of an inner strength that is
compelling. The gift may be intangible but can be felt by anyone in their
presence. They may be really sure of themselves, strong in the face of
adversity, or exude warmth that is palpable when in their presence.
Often we are surrounded by older people that lead by example as to how
to see the best in a situation. They show us how to carry ourselves and
how to treat people with kindness and care. If we are attentive, we will
notice that all around us are gifts just waiting to be acquired. The
interesting thing about these gifts is that once acquired, they continue to
grow. They can't be bought and no one can take them from us!
Take a moment to look at the important people in your life. What gifts or
attributes do they share? Who in your life is a role model, and what are the
gifts that you would like to embrace? Is it bravery, compassion, insight, trust,
determination, belief, flexibility, poise, generosity or humility? There are so
many gifts just waiting for us. The world is a place filled with divine gifts.
With practice and consciousness, we can cultivate these gifts that are given
so freely by many people in our life.