Today I have another special guest with us. Please help me welcome Amanda Linehan from Look Far – Using Self Awareness To Create The Life You Want. Amanda and I go way back. Well, at least way back in our blogging years (or months, more appropriately)! She was one of the early commenters on my site when I was just getting started, and I’ve also had the opportunity to watch her blog grow and blossom. Amanda writes much about becoming more aware of self, an important aspect in each of us truly understanding who we are. One of her recent articles, How To Conquer Self Doubt, provides well thought-out approaches to help in those times when doubt starts to seep in.
Sit back and enjoy…
Be Yourself, Share Freely
“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it.” ~ Marianne Williamson
Being yourself and sharing with your community are often perceived to be at odds. Being yourself is an individual pursuit, where you may have to sacrifice what people think of you in order to pursue something you want. While sharing with the community is about sacrificing what you want as an individual and doing what needs to be done for the group.
However, there is another way to think about this. Being yourself and developing your unique gifts allows you to share those gifts with your community. When you are doing something that is uniquely you and fulfilling a need in your community, it is a win-win situation. Your community is looking for you to share your gifts, so spend some time getting to know what those are and develop them.
We All Have Different Gifts
The wonderful thing about being part of a community is that whatever you don’t have, someone else does. We don’t all need to do the same things, in fact, it would be better if we didn’t. Adding your gift to your community means you are contributing in a way that someone else cannot. In essence, you are taking responsibility for something that needs to get done in a way that you are uniquely prepared for. When people share freely with each other, all the parts are there in a way that they can’t be with just an individual.
It wouldn’t make any sense to have a talent or a skill to express and then not express it! When you do something well, give it away with joy. You don’t have to worry about getting something back. The joy is in the giving itself. When you see your gift being used within your community that is reward enough.
The word “community” essentially means “coming together to share our gifts” (thanks Daphne!). A community is not just a random group of individuals sharing the same space, but a group of individuals each contributing their part so that the whole means something. A community is vibrant, supportive, dynamic and functional only because of the individuals who bring something to it. But those individuals need to know what they have to give and give it joyfully for the community to exist. Know what you have to give and be proud of it. Your community needs you.
Be Yourself. Share Freely.