April 8, 2007
Have you ever been invited to a POT LUCK meal?
I have many times. It's an eating event wherein everyone invited brings a
dish. Sometimes it's a themed
affair. Other times it's a dish free-for-all with no special agenda. The
first question I ask when invited is,
"What do you want me to bring?" and when I am told, "Whatever you want," I
then ask myself, "What is my best dish?" I always want to make sure that
no one gets sick or is disgusted by my cooking.
Have you ever been told or believed that you are unworthy? I have many
times, then I have to once again ask myself, "What do I do best?"
Once over, so I don't make anyone sick or disgusted.
I have been told many times that I can solve people's personal problems.
One of my friends calls me a Sage. With my
unusual sense of humor, and while I
imagine being a Sage, I am wearing Johnny
Carson's Carnac Hat.
Another friend, asked me to be her non-licensed
psychologist, so I
asked them why I can solve everyone else's problems but my not own? To
that, my one friend said, "You don't have that many problems." And
really she isn't far off.
If we think about our individual lives and the gifts we have, we all have
something that is not only special, but truly extra special. I have a
sister-in-law who can cook, in my opinion, better than
Emeril. However, she cannot figure a
bus route. I have a dear friend who can play the piano, write songs,
handle nine things at once but doesn't have a clue what is going on
politically in the world. One other friend is by far the best teacher in
the world, has a masters degree with many additional credits, but isn't
confident when it comes confronting someone who has either wronged her or
challenged her. She has asked me, "How would you handle this?". Another
who sings and should be on the Broadway stage but never feels her
performance is great. She has looked many times in my direction while the
applause is still quite lively and has smiled when she saw my approving
nod. Why do we always see the negative and not the positive? For
that, my friends, I do not have the answer. However, I know that I do talk
to myself and try and lift myself up when I am having one of those
As in any POT LUCK meal, your dish is needed. In life, we all have
at least one amazing specialty.
Sometimes finding it isn't easy. Some gifts are professional; some are
just down right homey. The gift we
bring to life makes us who we are. Never believe you aren't worth
something. I am not talking money here. I am talking life. Without your
special seasoning, how would anyone you touch ever be special?
You have a gift and you are needed just like your dish at the next POT
LUCK event. Don't be shy. Look for the gift you possess and when you find
it, label it yours; and then if you choose, share it with the world.
Oh, mirror in the
What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail thru the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
... Stevie Nicks, c1975
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