Purses, blouses, dresses, aprons, scarves, booze, snow globes, mugs, and jewelry, from the 50's to a few holidays ago.
One dress-slip even had a tag boasting “The New Wonder Fabric- Nylon!”
She didn't use these gifts she was given.
All these gifts, boxed up, hidden in closets from the world… are like the metaphorical gifts inside us, when we refuse to use them. Refuse to even acknowledge we have them!
So they sit, collecting dust, feeling unfulfilled in their life’s purpose.
Gifts are meant to see the light of day. Enjoyed. Used up. Left frayed and marked with the scars of experience.
I’m begging you.
Stop denying you have gifts.
Look at them. Really see them.
Acknowledge you have them.
They don’t need to be world changing or life saving - shit, they don’t need to be perfect.
They just need to be yours and they'll be perfect.
Once you start using them, go one more step.
If you like to create, show your work, even if it’s to one person you trust.
If it makes your heart happy to write, post that blog.
If you give healing hugs, give out ten today.
If you make the best french toast ever, host a damn brunch.
Letting gifts just sit there unused, clogs up the universal system of “give and receive”. So whether you're socking all those good parts of you away because you're afraid it's not good enough, or you'll look silly, or you're judging it against every other person's gifts - just stop.
Go open all the boxes! Ripe the tags off with abandon! Share! Repeat