The Offering{0}

                                    “Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow.                                                                                                                    The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing”.

Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

      All walks of life, different aspects of time, and many magnitudes of vibrational levels.  It never ceases to amaze me how many people walk around related by their traits.  I’ve been learning a lot about the difference between being of service and being an enabler.
      The ecosystem of mankind is made up of givers and takers, trend setters and innocent bystanders, the balance of nature and survival of the fittest. Recently, a new friend said, “We have a lot of the same characteristics”.  At first, laughing it off, I registered that we were the same in a lot of ways. But my innate sense of individualism screamed, “There is a hidden message here”.  With a smile in my eyes, I asked her what she meant. Sure enough the similarities she spoke of were the ones that were bred in the necessity to persevere through childhood circumstances. The protection mechanisms.
      Opening the box of memories wasn’t easy but after much speculation it was evidently clear that the truth in her words had been hidden from me. Denial. What a glorious pastime. But temporary. The truth always comes out.
      The role I play is the giver and most of the time giving too much in exchange for what hopes to prove everlasting connections. Sometimes the blurter always the true at heart. The entrepreneur in me wants to share and my first instinct to give can lend itself to misunderstanding and lead to feeling guilt at not giving away the shirt on my back. But I must stay true to the trend setter in me and respect that not everyone is the same.
      Forming partnerships is important but the equal exchange of give and take is essential. We must find our balance. We must know when to say no. When to stand up for ourselves and when to know that not all partnerships will pan out. We are all meant to fulfill a purpose and not everyone has the same purpose. We must be brave enough to face the facts.  We need to respect that some people are risk takers and others are not.  We can’t ever be afraid to go it alone.
      My life is not without risk. My endeavors show that I seek out the opportunities and I am a master at problem solving. The offerings are presented in the energy exchanges, messages and signs. It is up to us to figure out what we bring to the table and what we can do to make the flowers grow. Life doesn’t want to hear about all the things you can’t or don’t know how to do. Our very existence depends on our ability to ask the right questions, to be resourceful and to make our own luck.
      For those of you who know me, you know that of all the things I have acquired over the years, the most important has been my inherent ability to turn obstacles into opportunities. Persistence and perseverance make up the recipes for success.  You can’t turn your back on what the world presents to you.  Did Bill Gates give up after his first failure? Did Marilyn Monroe go home after her first failed audition?
      When I run into people I haven’t seen in a while their response is always, “Oh you’re still at that?” And I laugh, and say, “Yes, it doesn’t happen over night. You can’t give up on your endeavors and projects. You have to come to a place in your life where giving up is not an option. That’s how dreams come true and stardom  is born, and the Pulitzer Prize is awarded to someone new every year.”
      We must believe in ourselves. We must take our character traits and use them to the best of our ability.  We must learn to shine and give and take and move forward.  We must want to uplift any situation we choose to be a part of. We must treat our opportunities, and ourselves with respect and honor. We must encourage our friends and love ones.  We can’t ever give up on our hopes.  We must live with integrity.  We must cultivate self motivation.
      If  life is long and you have to fill it you have know in your heart of hearts that the world waits for no one.  You must grab the reigns and make your own luck. We are not alone and a lot of us get the same idea at the same time, but only a handful will create that next big thing. Well I think the hand is really big and we can all fit. Don’t you?