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The gift of who you are

It’s human to feel fatigued or despondent.

But, it’s not human to give up.

We’re wired to persevere. To overcome. To prevail. To improve what we have around us.

When we feel oppressed in our efforts to achieve these ends, we either grow despondent, or we grow aggressive.

Both those reactions are an indication that we’ve lost sight of the gift of who we are.

When we feel burdened, we’re focused on whether our efforts will be appreciated, accepted, respected, or rejected, etc.

That means that we’re more focused on being significant in that moment, or in that relationship, rather than connecting with the value of what brings us joy that we want others to experience with us.

But, just like a gift, if we buy something for someone because we like it, without any concern about what they think of it, then we’re not really buying that gift for them, are we?

Similarly, when we find joy in living life a certain way, or connecting with an experience in a certain way, and we want to share that with others, our focus must be on how do we connect them to that experience. Not on whether they appreciate our efforts or trust our opinion about why that experience is important.

In other words, if your gift to someone is sincere, you don’t force them to like it. You put in the time and effort to understand what and how they would experience something they love, and try to gift it to them in that way. After all, it’s for them.

We find joy in connecting with others in that way.

The same must be true about offering the best of who you are to those around you.

Of course, you need to first appreciate who you are before you’ll be able to connect others to that joy within you that you want them to experience with you.

So, as always, the question is simple. Do you know yourself well enough to appreciate the gift that you hold within?

It always starts with you.

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Zaid Ismail

Author, life coach, and mental health activist. We need to change the narrative from disorders, illnesses, and survival to accountability, understanding, and thriving.

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