A whimsical pronouncement by Professor Dumbledore in the 2009 movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, “Being me has its privileges!” is one of the most profound statements I’ve ever heard. Privilege according to the dictionary is a benefit enjoyed by a person beyond the advantages of most. Privilege is often thought of as being bestowed.
However, Dumbledore’s privilege is not bestowed. He is aware that he is endowed with gifts and talents somewhat unique to him, and there in lies the aha! for the rest of us.
“Being me has its privileges!”
What a poignant truth enveloped in this whimsical affirmation that applies to each and every one of us. Just what does that mean and what is the privilege of being me or you? This is not an ego centric question. It’s a query into our view and assessment of our uniqueness and value and worthiness. It is a valuable query that takes a bit of courage. We are each unique and unrepeatable, endowed with gifts and talents that make us different from-not better than anyone else. (A synonym for privilege, btw, is favor.)
What is the privilege of being you?
Doug Weiss, author, counselor, coach and speaker, asked the question this way during a training tele-seminar, “What is the gift people receive from you?”
I’ve never really thought about what I do on any given day at any given time, a gift of any kind. I just do what I do. But if I believe that each of us is how the work of the Divine gets done, and I do, then of course what we do is a giving to those who we intersect and interact with.
I don’t know about you, but when I consider that question, it totally reframes how I see and think about what I do and how I do it – whatever it is.
To answer the question honestly, I had to take a deep breath and get still and let the source of inner knowing inform my answer. It could not be an off-the-top-of- my-head response. That would have been a meaningless sound bite of no value to anyone, most of all me.
Dr. Weiss further noted that when we know the answer to that question, we have an obligation. We are responsible for getting our gift (or gifts) to where it needs to go to do what it is needed to do in the world.
And as a concluding thought on this for today, let’s be reminded that energy is reciprocal. Energy attracts to itself the same type of energy. Over the ages, this dynamic has been described several ways from, “what goes around comes around” to “you get what you give”, “give and you shall receive” and the most famous if not most ignored “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
I pose this why? Because whatever gift people receive from us, we are gifting right back to ourselves. Just understanding this one simple truth could eliminate a world of challenges including a government shutdown.
What is the privilege of being you? What is the gift people receive from you? More importantly, would you gladly receive it upon its return? Take some time to understand deeply what your answers are to these questions. Discuss them with yourself in your journal and celebrate the insight when it comes.
Until next time, continue to be blessed and a blessing.
Ask me how you can gain a better understanding of what type of energy you are giving out to the world and returning to yourself.