When we think of treasures, we generally think of expensive jewels, rare antiques or chests filled with gold coins sitting on the bottom of the ocean.

Would you be surprised to learn that there are a multitude of treasures all around you AND inside you, inside your partner and in your relationship?

Let’s explore the treasures INSIDE you first.

Each one of us has unique gifts, skills and talents that live inside of us.

I hope you are not so busy d-o-i-n-g one thing or another and attending to the needs of others, that you haven’t had any time to notice or honor your special gifts, skills, talents and natural abilities.

Grab a piece of paper and let’s start making three Personal Reflection Lists together right now!

Personal Reflection List #1

If you were your best friend (and you should be, but that’s a topic for another issue) and I asked your best friend what characteristics or personality traits she or he liked, valued or appreciated the most about you, what would she or he say?

Personal Reflection List #2:

If today was your 90th birthday and 100 of your closest friends were gathered around you and toasting you, what would they be saying about you?

Personal Reflection List #3:

If your dog or cat (or bird, horse or…) could talk, what random acts of kindness or generosity from you would they tell me about?

I bet you touch your partner and others in your life in rich, meaningful ways, and you don’t even realize it.

Some people have razor-sharp insight that is invaluable to others and they take it for granted or dismiss it all together by saying, “Oh it’s nothing. That’s just what I do.”

Some people have a wonderful, easy sense of humor that, for many, is like being invited to curl up in a comfy, over-stuffed chair. Some people can fix anything; or throw gourmet meals together with literally nothing in the refrigerator or in the pantry (I have a friend like that and I so want to be her!); and others know just the right thing to say or the right questions to ask to make us feel really known and loved anyway.

Today is just the beginning of a new habit you are building; the habit of recognizing and acknowledging YOU; who you are when no one is looking and how you show up in your life when you are being your BEST and most brilliant, passionate Self.

Until a habit becomes automatic it’s still a choiceSo, chose to return to your Personal Reflection Lists often, and add to them generously!

Chose to own, honor and appreciate the treasures living inside you.

Become aware of and deeply value what you bring to your life and the rich contributions you make to the lives of others in your world.

Next Saturday, we will explore the treasures your partner brings to you. 😊

Remember, only YOU can make it happen!

Original Content by Jackie Black, Ph.D., BCC
www.DrJackieBlack.com ~ DrJackie@DrJackieBlack.com

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