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Your Giftedness - Pt. 2

Isn't it fascinating how excited children get when their FAVORITE movie is played? Better yet, the theme song? In March of 2016, Disney's "Zootopia" was released. This quickly became a worldwide favorite. 

In this clip, Judy Hopps exclaims to her town, through a talent show performance, that "Anyone can be anything!"

But people are quick to shut her down. They gasp when she reveals to them the field of work she's hoped to pursue...better yet, a future of being Zootopia's first bunny cop. She didn't let the naysayers drag her down. In fact, their actions pushed her to work even harder towards her dream.


So where does "Zootopia" tie into all of this? Well, I sat down with three friends, Aaron, Gwen, and Darren, the other day and asked them to share a little bit about their strengths and what motivates them to pursue their giftedness. (In Judy Hopps' case, it was to make the world a safer, more harmonious place.) I've shared a Q&A with everyone below!

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+ What is your giftedness?

Aaron - Storytelling

Gwen - Loving and caring for others by advocating for them 

Darren - Caring for others 

+ How have you experienced God working in your life through your giftedness/career? (see photos below)

   "I've always wanted to be a doctor and to me, the most important part of a medical profession is holistically caring for a patient. Through medical missions, God has shown me that caring for others is something I enjoy and thrive in."    - Darren

"I've always wanted to be a doctor and to me, the most important part of a medical profession is holistically caring for a patient. Through medical missions, God has shown me that caring for others is something I enjoy and thrive in." - Darren

   "I have always had a love for science, and when I underwent some health issues, I fell in love with nutrition. I learned through that process that many people in healthcare are neglected or ignored. I wanted to advocate for those people. I am now working toward becoming a Registered Dietition."  - Gwen

"I have always had a love for science, and when I underwent some health issues, I fell in love with nutrition. I learned through that process that many people in healthcare are neglected or ignored. I wanted to advocate for those people. I am now working toward becoming a Registered Dietition." - Gwen

   "I seem to attract unique people and situations. I have a knack for seeing the connections between things and the bigger picture."  - Aaron

"I seem to attract unique people and situations. I have a knack for seeing the connections between things and the bigger picture." - Aaron


+ What can you do today to make that next step towards pursuing your goals?

Aaron - Being present to the moment to moment stories around me, and being intentional and diligent in learning to tell them well, and in a way that helps others. 

Gwen - Making contacts/connections with others who are in the position that I want to be in, and learning their stories. Also staying in school to continue formal education so I can become nationally certified. And continue to tell my story and listen to others’ stories.

Darren - Small scale: Text a friend I know who is walking through a difficult season. Large scale: Writing admitting documents for Med School. I'd like to mentor and disciple a younger person as well. 

I have a challenge for all of you this week: Just like Darren had mentioned, sending an encouraging text message could make a world of a difference in someone's life. Aaron's words really stood out as well. "Being present..." How can you be present in someone's life today? And as you do these things, as Gwen wrote, who can you come in contact with that will help you grow spiritually and intellectually? Thank you Aaron, Darren, and Gwen for your insight and willingness to share. There is so much beauty in each one of your unfolding stories. 


 

The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. - 1 Corinthians 15:41

Ben Fleming