One of my favorite columns in Hanover Magazine is Q&A.
I should probably never put my byline on Q&A because the fine people featured technically write it. Their words, their hopes, their humor, sometimes their fears, fill the pages.
Their words are quite often better than mine.
This issue’s Q&A about Diana Klunk is no exception.
During a time when tensions in our country and around the world threaten to dull even the sun shiniest optimists, Diana reminds us about the value of getting out of bed, recognizing all of life’s realities and then letting life’s simple pleasures and even life’s greatest needs motivate us.
“Each day is a gift…Even on the worst of days there are positive things that happen,” Diana explains. “And if you write them down, even if it’s only one thing, the next day there may be two things.”
“Live your gifts” is a phrase that has been motivating me lately. “Find others’ needs and then
meet them with the gifts you have been given; enjoy what comes naturally for you more often and you will probably enjoy life more often” are the some of the full thoughts behind my current mantra “Live your gifts.”
Diana Klunk and many others in the Hanover community do just that.
To live your gifts, you have to know them. When is the last time you actually took time to inventory your talents? Are you compassionate? Funny? Sunny? A good listener? A singer? A poet? An athlete? A good driver? A decent chef? A good dog walker?
Guess what? There is inevitably a need that can be met once you share a talent or two.
And when you live your gifts, it feels amazingly good. It makes it easier to rise out of bed.
In Meditations, Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, offers this jumpstart for each day:
“At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: “I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?” (Source: brainpickings.org )
Ok. I gotta be honest. There are mornings when I can convince myself that I might have been created to stay under the blankets and stay warm. (And sometimes I do, I bet you do, too).
Put this issue of Hanover Magazine beside your bed and let the stories about your neighbors and the strengths of their hearts jumpstart your mornings.
We remain inspired, too, as we share them.
And now, because I want one inspiring song to roll through your heads all day, imagine the tune as you ease out of this column via Carole King’s song….
“You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart. Then people are going to treat you better. You’re going to find, yes you will, that you’re beautiful as you feel.”
Lisa Moody Breslin