Do you ever get a surprise gift—out of the blue—for no apparent reason?
I love that! But my version of a little gift may be different than yours.
About once a month I am asked to speak at an event about health and fitness. This is such a gift to me. I am not great at taking compliments. Direct compliments are difficult for me to accept. But when someone asks me to speak about what I am passionate about, I take that as the ultimate compliment. I feel honored that I am the one they chose to speak about a subject that fills me with passion.
I am a not-so-shy introvert. That may sound weird, but what I mean by that is that I am not shy, but I prefer my own space and get drained when I am in crowds like parties, or events. I feel like I have to be “on” the whole time trying to be pleasant and interactive with others but really, I just want to talk to a couple people I know and leave.
But when I am speaking in front of a group, I feel so alive!
I am a control freak about pretty much everything; I think that may be part of the introvert in me. But when I am speaking to a group, I feel in control and in my world. I love to see the faces looking back at me engaged in my stories and words. I love to see their emotions on their faces as I speak words that they can relate to in their world. I feel connected to my audience. I feel inspired while I inspire them.
My inspiration may not be life changing or even memorable very long after my words stop. But I love the idea that I create a ripple by telling my story or teaching my passion. I hope that my passion is contagious. When others speak or live their passion, I get fueled with excitement and a feeling of boundlessness. It is fuel for my own passion.
I love when people tell me that they remembered a story I told once and that helped them through something recent. These are the best surprise gifts.
What is your passion? What do you get excited about? We are all creative in our own ways and sometimes we don't even realize it.
Here is a gift I think you will enjoy. If you have already read this, I think you should read it again. really dig in and get to know yourself.
My favorite advice to give is when I tell people they need to romance themselves--like a young man courting his princess. Be giving and caring to YOURSELF. Because you 100% Deserve it!