Today, January 24th, is my birthday. I’m 72. And I’m reflecting. And feeling good. The book, the website of which you are visiting, was published on my birthday exactly 2 years ago. It has been a wonderful journey playing with and sharing these ideas––at a pace my health and energy accommodates. Just last week, I gave a 2- hour program to a group of people exploring their lives through this lens of these questions.
- What do I love?
- What am I good at?
- How can I engage my courage to claim it, own it, and offer it to the world?
I felt affirmed and proud when one of the participants used the word “nourishing” to describe the session. It reminded me of Scottish theologian William Barclay’s thought which has been resonating deeply with me of late:
“There are two great days in a person’s life––the day we are born and the day we discover why.”
I am not sure that the experience of actually knowing why we are here and what we are meant to be doing is limited to just one day. But that’s certainly how I felt at that program. And that’s how I feel whenever I share the ideas in the book, as a coach or presenter, with those who seem to soak them up like sponges and put them to use in their lives.
When you are doing what you love, and it matters to another, it is the best feeling in the world. I wish it for everyone. Apparently, that’s why I’m here!
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I can’t express how much it mattered the other day when the visitor to my home shared how excited he was about buying his copy of “Why Not?”. My tome had reached yet another person who was ready and eager to entertain its questions and illustrations. Through this visitor’s excitement and appreciation, I was able to notice, yet once again, that what I cared about and contributed had mattered. It made my day.
When you give your gifts, simply because you have to, because it is yours to do, and they land in the lap of someone who is really ready and eager to receive them and make use of them, it is a very special moment. Not only is it one of the moments that makes life worth living. It’s one of those moments that we really need to notice––each of us. Because it’s a clue to each of us who aspires to live in flow doing our thing, the thing that we love, the thing that we do better and more uniquely than others. In these moments, we get to experience that our gifts really are useful in the scheme of things. And if we really take time to receive the moment, it leads to a deeper awareness and self appreciation and awareness of what our own gifts really are.
Pay attention to these moments. Savor them. They happen more often than we acknowledge. They are either affirmations of what you already know about yourself, or reminders of what you may have forgotten, or clues to what you are seeking to discover.
And Yes! Do buy the book.