The Second Jewel: The Treasure of Doing
Your loved one can do things.
In the previous post, you learned that she was created in the Divine Image. God gave your loved one the ability to co-create with God.
God does some incredible things and allows human beings to share in doing things too.
What does your loved one “do” that you can share with her and help her remember she has this beautiful ability to do good things?
Discovering her gifts that make up her Treasure of Doing follows the same process and rules as the Treasure of Being.
For this treasure, you are looking at those gifts that come so naturally to your loved one that she does.
Please look at the image, The Treasure of Doing.
Some of the gifts include your loved one’s natural gifts, talents and skills, work, hobbies, passions, and service.
Those gifts form the facets of the jewel of how she acts.
When breast cancer strikes, she may forget that she makes a contribution through living.
So, you can help her remember what she is good at doing. And the polishing process follows what we just covered for the treasure of being.
Let’s review that polishing process right now.
There are three steps to revealing the treasure of doing, all of which involve the Love Compass’s first two directions. Listen. Observe.
When you listen to your loved one talk about what she has done, you will hear her share her treasures of doing.
When you observe her life, you will see that treasure of doing through her actions with just the right amount of light. Here are the three steps:
Step One: Identify the specific treasure.
Step Two: Write down examples of seeing that treasure shine.
Step Three: Share the shining.
Step One: Identify the specific treasure of doing
Let’s define and give examples of the facets of the treasure of doing.
Natural gifts are the things that she has a knack for doing and doing very well.
In fact, she could probably do those things in her sleep, without much preparation. Your loved one may be a natural decorator, singer, seamstress, gardener, and so on.
Talents and skills are more complicated tasks that she has developed through time, study, and practice. She may be a concert pianist, an award-winning cook, or a quilter of high renown.
She may be at the top of her career as a result of years of training.
Hobbies are her loves, activities that she does because she likes doing them so much.
She may not have received the status of a professional, but she loves doing these activities. Examples of a hobby might include scrapbooking or collecting figurines.
Step Two: Write down examples of seeing that treasure shine
Now, take a piece of paper and write down a list of different natural gifts, talents and skills, hobbies, passions, and service interests of your loved one. You can make columns on the paper with those categories.
Then, write down as many nouns that fall under that category. Circle the nouns that fit your loved one.
Next, transfer the list of natural gifts, talents and skills, hobbies, passions, and service interests to the second sheet of paper.
Leave three blank lines after each one. Write down three times events or situations where you heard or saw her use that gift for each of these.
For example, your loved one may have a natural gift for decorating. You remember the cake that she decorated for a wedding.
Or the artwork she chose for the living room of her home or the dining table’s arrangement for Christmas dinner.
Write those items down.
Go through the list and document a moment where you shared this special gift with your loved one.
Step Three: Share the Shining
Yes, we’re going to get there. But not now.
Right now, move on to the third treasure: relating.
Click on the highlighted text to learn about the Treasure of Relating.