I recently spoke to a group of folks at Florence United Methodist Church about Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and the significance of finding out what people love to do, what they are good at, and what they care about enough to take action. I asked everyone to share something they love to do and people quickly chimed in with wonderful things: baking, woodworking, off-roading, tree-planting…just to name a few. I could feel the energy in the room starting to rise, joy and abundance were increasing. It was a blast!
So here is my challenge to you, do 1 or more of the following:
Ask your neighbors what they love to do (really listen to their answers and ask follow-up questions). Celebrate the gifts your neighbors bring into the world.
Tell your neighbors the gifts you see in them that you are thankful for. Sometimes people don’t realize their gifts or they dismiss them as unimportant, but every gift matters!
Lead a group of people in the exercise I described above. Create a “gifts garden” with gifts listed. BONUS: look for ways to connect and share any gifts that are not being shared.