The phrase, “embody your gifts,” sounds great to me. But what exactly does it mean to embody gifts (assuming of course you know what your gifts are).
The definition of embody is ” to be an expression of or give a tangible or visible form to (an idea, quality, or feeling).” Synonyms include personify, manifest, and represent.
One of my gifts is creativity. There are a lot of ways to understand creativity. Here’s how the VIA Institute defines creativity:
“[t]hinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are.
You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.”
I can definitely get behind this. When it makes sense, I’m an advocate for finding a new, more effective approach.
Using the VIA definition, if I embody creativity, it means it is a core value and this value has a high degree of influence on my preferences, decisions, and behaviors.
I wonder, still, is there something more to the idea of embodying a gift? For example, is there an unseen energetic component when you embody something. Something interesting to consider.