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Turn It Around

We live in a culture that uses labels

as a means of understanding the world

and the people living in it.

As a result, many of us find ourselves

laboring under a label

that has a negative connotation.

Unless we can find a way

to see the good in such a label,

we may feel burdened

by an idea of ourselves

that is not accurate.

It is important to remember

that almost nothing in this world

is all good or all bad,

and most everything

is a complex mixture of gifts and challenges.

In addition, different cultures

revere certain qualities over others,

but this does not mean

that these qualities are inherently good or bad.

For example, a culture that elevates outgoing behavior

will label an introvert in a negative way,

calling them antisocial.

In truth, the ability to spend time alone

is one that most great artists, mystics, and visionaries share.

Owning the positive side of this label

can lead us deeper

into our gifted visions and fertile imaginations.

When we look into the lives

of any of the great people in history,

we always find that they had quirks and eccentricities

that earned them less than ideal labels

from the societies in which they lived.

Many famous artists and musicians

were considered to be isolated loners

or disruptive troublemakers,

or sometimes both,

yet these people altered history

and contributed to the world

an original vision or advances

in our understanding of the universe.

If we can remember this as we examine our own selves

and the labels people use to describe us,

we find that there is a bright side to any characterization.

If you have been labeled,


that all you have to do to see the positive side

is to turn the label around.

For example, you may be considered to be overly emotional,

and the fact that you are perceived this way

may make you feel out of control.

But notice, too,

the gifts of being able to feel and express your emotions,

even in a world that doesn’t always encourage that.

You might begin to see yourself

as brave and open-hearted enough

to stay alive to your feelings.

You may also see

that there are certain paths and professions

in which this is a necessary ability.

As you turn your label around,

the light of your true nature shines

to guide you on your way.



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Resentment, anger,

and impatience,

all have their place.

Actually, they’re absolutely priceless,

revealing to those who feel them

that there are still a few pieces

of life’s puzzle they’ve overlooked.


The Universe- Mike Dooley

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Living Potential
Sharing Your Gift with Others

The gifts we are born with

and those that we work to develop

throughout our lives

vary in form and function.

Some we find use for every day

while others are only useful

in specific circumstances.

Yet many times we overlook

opportunities to share

our unique gifts with others.

It may be fear of criticism

that holds us back

or the paralyzing weight

of uncertainty.

Ultimately, we doubt

that our innate talents and practiced skills

can truly add value to others’ lives.

But it is the world as a whole that benefits

when we willingly share our gifts.

Whether you have been blessed

with the ability to

awaken beautiful emotions in others

through art or industry,

or your aptitudes transmit

more practical advantages,

your gifts are a part of who you are.

As you make use of those gifts

as best you can,

be assured that your contribution

to worldly well-being

will not be overlooked.

Your personal power is defined in part by your gifts.

To use your talents

is to demonstrate to the world

that you understand yourself

and are truly attuned to your capabilities.

Your earthly existence provides you

with ample opportunity

to explore your purpose,

to utilize your skills in a life-affirming way,

and to positively touch

the lives of others while doing so.

Yet you may feel

that your gifts are not as valuable

or worthy of attention

as those of others

and thus hide them away.

However, every gift

lying dormant in your soul

has the potential

to fill a void in someone else’s life.

Just as your existence

is made richer by the

love, support, friendship,

aid, and compassion

of others,

so, too, can you

add richness to their lives.

Your natural ability to

soothe hurt,

inspire compassion,

bake, dance, knit, organize,

or think outside the box

can be a boon to someone in need.

As you embrace your gifts

and allow their light to shine,

you will discover

that more and more opportunities

to make use of them


This is because

your gifts are a channel

through which the universe operates.

By simply doing what you are good at

and also love to do,

you make a positive difference.

The recognition you receive for your efforts

will pale in comparison

to the satisfaction you feel

when fulfilling your innate potential.


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