When we think of treasures we generally think of expensive jewels, rare antiques or chests filled with gold coins sitting on the bottom of the ocean.

Would you be surprised to learn that there are a multitude of treasures all around you AND inside you?

Let’s explore the treasures INSIDE you first.

Each one of us has unique gifts, skills and talents that live inside of us.  You are probably so busy in your life d-o-i-n-g one thing or another and attending to the needs of others, that you haven’t had any time to notice or honor your special gifts, skills and talents in a long time.

Grab a piece of paper and let’s make a list together right now!

If you were your best friend (and you should be, but that’s a topic for another issue) and I asked your best friend what characteristics or personality traits she or he liked, valued or appreciated the most about you, what would she or he say?

If today was your 90th birthday and 100 of your closest friends were gathered around you and toasting you, what would they be saying about you?

If your dog or cat (or bird, horse or…) could talk, what random acts of kindness or generosity from you would they tell me about?

I bet you touch others in your life in rich, meaningful ways and you don’t even realize it.  Some people have razor-sharp insight that is invaluable to others and they take it for granted or dismiss it all together by saying, “Oh it’s nothing.  That’s just what I do.”

Some people have a wonderful, easy sense of humor that, for many, is like being invited to curl up in a comfy, over-stuffed chair.  Some people can fix anything; or throw gourmet meals together with literally nothing in the refrigerator or in the pantry (I have a friend like that and I so want to be her!); and others know just the right thing to say or the right questions to ask to make us feel really known and loved anyway.

Visit your list often and add to it when you realize a new treasure living inside you. Appreciate and honor what you bring to the lives of those around you.

Next week, we will explore the treasures that others bring to you.

Remember, only YOU can make it happen!


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