Thoughts for Today from Life Slices

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Drawing on our inborn genius.

We are all gifted. Each of us has talents and abilities that belong to us 017 Using Gifts (back)alone. Our gifts are as unique as we are, and they come to us so naturally that we seem to have been born with them. Luckily, gifts may be discovered anytime in life.

When we use our gifts, we are answering our true calling. If we’re not using our gifts, our lives lose meaning. What are your gifts? Are you using them? Make a “gift list” to help you consider these questions.


Congratulations to all the graduates from the Class of 2013!

Once the excitement quiets down you may begin to contemplate and even worry about the reality of your future—finding a meaningful and successful career. In response, it’s natural to focus heavily on top grades, well written resumes, and key interviews to distinguish yourself from other candidates in the pile of college applications or the emerging work force. While all of these factors are important, most graduates downplay the key ingredient that could make their college and career quests easier and more rewarding—identifying and focusing on their unique gifts or strengths.

I have two college-age sons, whom like their peers, share this same sense of excitement and worry. In response, I have encouraged them to spend some time listing both their natural born gifts and the gifts which have resulted from their education and life experiences. I believe it is through these “special gifts” that they will uncover a meaningful career path that helps them arrive at their true calling (or as is true for many of us, there may be multiple callings in their lives).

Don’t underestimate the combined strength of your passions, talents and gifts as you search for meaning and success in both your career and personal lives. Draw on your inborn genius and your passion to discover new talents and abilities. These gifts will truly distinguish you from everyone else. They will also lead you to a gift greater than all other gifts—embarking upon an intentional and meaningful life journey!

Remember, the journey is as important as the destination. Cheers to you!


Order the Life Slices for the graduates in your life. Each of the beautiful 52 cards displayed on an oak stand will provide inspiration and guidance for each week along their new journey! Or learn more about our Legacy Journey® resources for living your life with intention and celebration.

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