In a Single Bound
by Jill MacGregor
You, with your mad bag of skills. It’s amazing the knowledge you’ve amassed. But you’re so familiar with all the many things you can do that you can’t see how unique their combination is.
That unique combination really makes you special.
I wish you could see it like the rest of us do. You might consider one of your skills and think, “Meh, what’s the big deal?”. Sometimes all of your talents can feel unconnected, like a bag of loose strings. It’s only when you link those skills together that they create this wonderful alchemy— making YOU uniquely YOU—and making you uniquely able. Equipped and prepared for something very special.
Even if you’re not quite sure what that means.
No one has your exact set of life skills—do you get that?
So–what are you being trained for?
It’s an interesting question to ask yourself especially at a moment if you’re feeling a lack of direction in your life.
Every event, every person that crosses your path, every question you ponder, tragedy you experience, emotion you can’t reconcile, every old pattern you work to overcome, every darkness that was illuminated, every joy, every connection—everything that may have made you ask “why me?”—these are all building blocks for your life’s resume. Preparing for the all important.
It’s about fulfilling your superpower.
Nobody can do what you can do. Really.
Own up to the fact that you possess a unique dexterity. This is a time of percolation. It’s all coming together.
So, that all important task(s) that you are built for—it may serve a multitude or a handful. Maybe it will change one life.
Maybe that life you change will be your own.
Never discount the importance you play in making the wheels spin and the gears shift.
What are you being trained for?
There will be moments when the mutinous crew that lives in your head takes over and you will find yourself full of doubts. Those moments… when you feel like you’re not measuring up and that the only solid connection you can make is to one of lack.
You may not feel strong.
Maybe you don’t always have to be the strong one.
You just need to have the right combination of tools in your tool box—and you’ve been amassing those tools your entire life. And you just need to be standing at that right place when only you can do that specific thing—and life has a funny way of making sure you’re at bat when you should be. There is a specific thing that your life’s events have molded you into—have molded you for. The thing that changes everything…
Think about all those tools in that toolbox of yours. Any suffering you’ve experienced has provided you with unique sensitivities and compassion—such important tools.
Your joy, your spirit, your faith, your kindness are important but those feelings don’t always get your attention in the same way. You have a tendency to forget them like Christmas morning. You focus more on the things that you don’t understand, the things that make you feel alone, the things that make you feel like you’re doing it all wrong.
All the things that steel you…they don’t exist to dishearten you, although that may be hard to remember at times.
Your struggle may just be a necessary ingredient.
Your pain may be an important pathway.
Ask yourself regularly what you are being trained for. You may not understand until after it’s happened.
But it’s going to happen.
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