This morning was magical. I hadn't been out for a run in a while and was going batty because of it. I had my normal workout at the gym (the best gym ever by the way, West U Fitness) and then headed over to Rice for a loop. All around the loop these amazing bushes (see the pic, I have no idea what they are) are blooming and the scent filled the air. Not only that, the weather was crisp, the sky was vivid blue and the sun was shining on everything! Pair that with Louis Armstrong on my headphones...like I said, it was magical.
As I walked, I was thinking about how the simplest of things can transform your view. If your eyes are open and you are watching out for them, tiny moments (big ones too) can be breathtaking. Recently, we went to see Cirque De Soleil. The boys have seen it once before and just adore it. Steven and I do too. I always sit aghast and amazed at what the performers can do with their bodies. At the most recent show, the first solo performer did these unfathomable balancing acts. At one point, he was up about 10 feet off the ground balanced on one hand with all of his body off to one side. It literally took my breath away. I can't even do a simple handstand! Sayer was on my lap and he whispered to me, "that is so beautiful! How does he do that?!". I whispered back, "that is his gift and he practices it a lot". Later Sayer asked what I meant by "his gift". I explained that we all have something special in us. An ability or talent that, if cultivated, can be like that performer we saw; awe inspiring and a gift to the performer and to the world.
So, as I walked today, I kept thinking, what is my gift? I've been mulling it over all day. For now, I would say that I have two gifts. I can see (in a photographic/artistic sense) and I can teach. These are the things that bring me tremendous joy and, hopefully, that joy spreads out to others who come into contact with it.
What about you? I want to know, what are your gifts?