I did it yesterday.  Your turn!  Today’s task encourages you to look at YOU with all your quirks.  Really think about what makes you different, a little off-beat.  Perhaps you have a keen interest in something that others might not think are really exciting (like my husband’s passion for finance).  Or you have a unique characteristic that people really admire (like you go out of your way to do random acts of kindness).  These may be things you take for granted; so take a step back and look at yourself from the lens of a complete stranger.  Run through your typical day, go over your interests, the thoughts that live in your head, how you relate to others…examine them from the outside.

What’s different about you?  And why is it important to even know yourself this way?

It is usually the things that set us apart from others that are platforms for our greatness. 

You know this is true because you see this when other people tap into their talents and become successful bakers, writers, accountants, etc.  Or you see this when someone uses their organizational abilities, people skills and compassionate nature to set up a non-profit organization.  These are very limited examples – get in the practice of recognizing these accomplishments in your environment.  Note how the person you are admiring is really an ordinary person who has pursued and made something of their special skills set or obsession.

These quirks, or knacks, when utilized can bring an enormous sense of joy to ourselves, our families and our communities.  What I’m asking you to do today is look at yours.  Get out a piece of paper, set aside 15 minutes of quiet time and do a quick scan of YOU.  Make a list.

Need help?  Sometimes asking someone who is on the outside and knows you really well can be helpful.  But remember, if you give yourself enough time, you’ll be able to come up with these on your own.  It’s good practice to get to know yourself and listen to your own inner wisdom.

Have fun – and if you want to share, we’d love to hear about what makes you YOU!