Imagine it's your birthday. You're sitting at the head of a table, a half eaten birthday cake in front of you.
It's time to open your gifts. A pile of shiny wrapped boxes are arrayed around you.
But one box catches your eye.
It's wrapped in gold paper. The ribbon is pure silk. A card with your name is attached at the top.
That one! That one!
You reach for it.
Untie the ribbon.
And open the lid.
. . .
Inside you find the box is packed with marble blocks. On each block is written a single word.
One block has "Humor"; another says "Empathy"; a third, “Intuition"; a fourth, "Writing"; and so on.
The box feels bottomless as you withdraw more and more blocks. Where does it end?
Finally, the last block is drawn, “Spirituality”.
You see a card at the bottom of the box.
The card says, "These are your gifts—your unique array of personal attributes. Build whatever you wish. But remember that no life is as strong as when they are all in use."
. . .
You look over the blocks. Even though they are all of equal size and color, some attract your eye more than others. You feel tempted to put some in a separate box, out of the way of your favorites. Some of your friends are mocking a few.
But you recall the note’s instructions. “No life is as strong as when they are all in use.”
So, you start to build. You start with “Curiosity”, top that with “Vision”, and saddle up “Achievement” next to that.
The crowd lets out an “oooooh” as you plop “Musicality” on top of one tower, and “aaaah” as you top “Spirituality” on top of that.
It would be easy to ignore the card's instructions. You're tempted to not use some blocks, put them aside. But then you know your structure would be weak.
You build slowly, making connections between the attributes, creating new angles and interpretations based solely on the placement of the blocks.
. . .
When you are finished, you stand back in amazement. In front of you stands a most beautiful life, a gorgeous Earthly experience. It is rich and varied, unique and special.
And it’s yours. All yours.
What a gift!
. . .
Friends, what gifts do you rely on in your life? What gifts have you set aside? How can you strengthen your life by making new connections, introducing new elements? What possibilities could result from the introduction of these gifts into your life? What’s holding you back?