“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso captures the treasured mystery of life that seems to be hidden from many. Have you ever felt as though you don’t have a gift or a talent, or maybe you just aren’t sure what your gift or talent is? If that feeling has occurred once in your lifetime, or daily, you are not alone, as many people share the same feeling. Some people may know exactly what they are gifted with and they put it to work, while others may feel confused and frustrated by not having clear knowledge of their gift or talent. There are a few indicators that anyone can use to help identify talents and how to put them to use. The first key is to think about what causes you to lose track of time. Could you sit down and write for hours on end? Maybe you get lost in painting or sewing. Whatever it is that consumes you completely and joyfully is a strong indicator of your natural talent. Next, think about what brings you happiness and passion. Is there anything that you wish you would be doing right now that you currently are not doing? Another way to help you determine your gift is to ask a few close family members or friends what they think your talent is. The people that are closest to you and love you will be able to tell you where your strengths are. Also, what do you find yourself talking to others about the most? Is there any one particular subject that you love to talk about and tell others about? Hopefully these few tips can help lead you toward identifying your talent and you can gain vision for what you can do to use it. The thought of putting your talent to work can be stressful, especially if you aren’t sure where to begin, and that’s okay. Take comfort in the fact that you can use your life as a journey for this newly identified gift by living it out as you please, and when you please. You don’t need to rush into anything; however, it is so important to make time for yourself, to have a creative outlet or space for your overall mental health and wellness. The best advice is to schedule time for this creative space as you would a doctor appointment. This way, you are less likely to brush it off, and you will also be less likely to schedule something over it or in place of it. Now as we revisit the quote from Picasso, let it sink in and resonate that the meaning of life is to find your gift, and the purpose of life is to then find out what it looks like for you to give that gift away.
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