This blog post is a work in progress. I’d love comments as I work this out in my head.
- Recognize your gift.
- Lean into it.
- Protect others from the sharp edges that come along with it.
- Recognize it in others.
(1) may remain in your shadow until you figure out how to feel worthy. Is it possible to introspect honestly when you don’t feel worthy?
People around you will give you clues to (1) if you will pay attention to how they react to you.
If you tend toward grandiosity, you’ll probably do (2) regardless, because it’s fun. If you tend toward shame, you may avoid (2) because it’s too scary. I think this has a lot to do with what Joseph Campbell calls “following your bliss”.
(3) has to do with boundaries and self regulation. Each gift has a dark side – it can also be considered a defect.
(4) was contributed by Michael – thanks! I’d love to hear more about what he thinks about that…