You have Gifts – You Must Deliver Them

You have Gifts – You Must Deliver Them

(Many years ago, Doug von Koss, a renowned poet and gifted guide to all things poetic, taught me to read a poem every morning along with eating my breakfast cereal; poetry being as essential to our health as our daily vitamins.

Last week Doug sent me this poem in response to the Resources for Recovering Resilience post about Jack Kornfield’s new book No Time Like the Present and his teachings on “Deliver Your Gift.” So timely; so true. Enjoy)


You enter life a ship laden with meaning, purpose and gifts

sent to be delivered to a hungry world.

And as much as the world needs your cargo,

you need to give it away.

Everything depends on this.

But the world forgets its needs,

and you forget your mission,

and the ancestral maps used to guide you

have become faded scrawls on the parchment of dead Pharaohs.

The cargo weighs you heavy the longer it is held

and spoilage becomes a risk.

The ship sputters from port to port and at each you ask:

“Is this the way?”

But the way cannot be found without knowing the cargo,

and the cargo cannot be known without recognizing there is a way,

and it is simply this:

You have gifts.

The world needs your gifts.

You must deliver them.

The world may not know it is starving,

but the hungry know,

and they will find you

when you discover your cargo

and start to give it away.

– Greg Kimura

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