“Labour and rest, work and ease,
the busy hand, and then the skilled thought:
this blending of opposites
is the secret
of the joy of living.”**
I cannot design the gift. Somehow it comes to me from beyond. It’s nature is non-obvious.
I may have been curious about this, learned about that, developed this skill, brought them all together as talents – these are things which are obvious to me, in that I’m conscious of choosing and pursuing them. But they are not the gift.
The gift comes to me – I can only be open to embrace what has found me. Any pride or greed on my part blocks the gift; I am only able to embrace it through humility and gratitude.
‘I would like to speak of gratitude as a labour undertaken by the soul to effect the transformation after a gift has been received. Between the time a gift comes to us and the time we pass it along, we suffer gratitude.’^
Now it changes me, and I must change because only a bigger me will be able to actualise the gift, to pass the gift on.
Your gift is non-obvious. This is because it is unique, more than the sum of your parts. My call, as a dreamwhisperer is the joy of listening for your gift.
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(**From Alistair Maclean’s Hebridean Altars.)
(^From Lewis Hyde’s The Gift.)