Each one of us has very special gifts to offer in this world.
I know people who question what their special "gift" is, and focus wholeheartedly on that one thing they could be known for or good at.
I wanted to write a short, yet important, message to you today.
You have many special gifts.
Your kindness and courteousness to others is received as a gift by grateful hearts - quite often unknown to you.
Your positive attitude and sense of hope has been an inspiration to others - without knowing it.
Your sense of humor and flexibility is more important than any fashion sense.
Your life story is an incredible one. And sharing how you've navigated through the changes is definitely a gift to share.
Your diversity of thoughts and philosophies can give someone a different window pane to consider looking through.
Your appreciation of nature, and dedication to being in the moment with its beauty, makes God smile.
So while you have many talents, some natural and many learned, your special gifts will be given (and received) in the most unexpected moments of the day.
And then again, there may be a glance, a nod or a hand extended that people are trying to share a gift with you. It doesn't matter if it's conscious or an unconscious effort. It becomes a gift to you.
Every day is a time for giving thanks. May you honor your soul's longing to continue its journey of "authenticity."
May forgiveness be one of the greatest gifts you give and accept for yourself.
May a sense of gratefulness arise in any moment. And may you be blessed with the gifts of good health, people to love and to know you are loved.
Langley's column is published every first Sunday of the month. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.