Have you been neglecting your gifts?
More often than not, we find ourselves living less creative lives than we'd envisioned.
When we're young, we're creative by default. There are no boundaries to exploration, because no one has yet told us what we can or can't do. We're free to imagine what we can be - firefighter, pilot, doctor, astronaut.
Until we start at the school of hard knocks. There, we learn about limitations. Many of the lessons are subconscious, unspoken and implicit.
Misconceptions about what we really need to be content
Fallacies about what careers will grant the most security
Omissions about who we are and where we came from
Half-truths about our gifts
None of us actively sign up to be programmed this way - but sadly, we become complicit by going on to perpetuate it. For many of us, these old patterns need to be released and unlearned so that we can be creative again.
I wonder how many of us have neglected our creative gifts because someone, something, somewhere gave us the impression that those gifts are not worth pursuing to the fullest.
Personally, it's been 20 years since I first started creating art in some way, shape or form. Yet, if I'm honest, I haven't taken this gift seriously at all. Sure, I've dabbled in it often enough over the years to add to my repertoire. But for the longest time, art has been relegated to the hobby compartment of my mental filing cabinet. Why? Because it's enjoyable, but not profitable. Because I'm good at it, but not good enough. And the list goes on.
Lately, I've rediscovered my passion for creating and have developed a newfound desire to cultivate it. The bummer with only just starting to take this gift seriously is knowing that I'd be much farther along in the honing of my skills if I'd actually invested myself consistently over the past 20 years. Instead, I'm having to spend time closing the gap between where I am and where I want to be. But it's never too late.
So here's the takeaway: Perhaps you tried your hand at your gift and failed miserably. Or took a risk that didn't pay off. Maybe you're someone who has consistently dedicated yourself and pushed past all the naysayers in your life but still haven't found your breakthrough. Or maybe you haven't yet begun to make a move in the direction of your gift. Whatever your story, don't let anyone or anything talk you into neglecting the exploration of what you're uniquely capable of.
The longer I live and the more I know of God, the more I'm convinced that the gifts we're bestowed with are not accidental, but an inheritance from the Creator of the Universe. We owe it to ourselves, and to the giver of gifts, to make the most of them.