When you hear the word “gifted,” what associations spring to mind?
Someone who is talented?
That's Andy Warhol chatting it up with Tennessee Williams in the photo. They were gifted, right?
Do you consider yourself to be gifted?
I think our use of the word “gifted” is bastardized.
To be gifted should simply mean to be given something.
And we’re all given things. Experiences. Knowledge. Aptitudes.
Yet few of us see ourselves as gifted.
As a creative person, you’ve been given something unique and special.
You’ve been given the ability to receive ideas and inspirations that the rest of us either don’t see or can’t access. Inspirations unique to you.
And you’ve been given abilities and tools to take those ideas and inspirations and craft them into something that can be passed onto and experienced by others.
You are gifted.
YOU are gifted.
Want to know why you are gifted?
You are gifted so that you can give.
How does this make you feel?
How does this change your relationship with your creative work?
How does this change your role and responsibility as a writer, artist or creative?
(Let’s explore that last question in depth this Thursday.)