The twelve gifts of Birth

by Stephen on March 19, 2013 · 20 comments

in Inspirational Stories

Once upon a time, a long time ago, when princes and princesses lived in faraway kingdoms, royal children were given twelve special gifts when they were born. You may have heard the stories. Twelve wise women of the kingdom, or fairy godmothers as they were often called, traveled swiftly to the castle whenever a new prince or princess came into the world. Each fairy godmother pronounced a noble gift upon the royal baby.

As time went on, the wise women came to understand that the twelve royal gifts of birth belong to every child, born anywhere at anytime. They yearned to proclaim the gifts to all children, but the customs of the land did not allow that.

One day when the wise women gathered together they made this prophecy:

Some day, all the children of the world will learn the truth about their noble inheritance. When that happens a miracle will unfold on the kingdom of Earth.

Some day is near. Here is the secret they want you to know.

At the wondrous moment you were born, as you took your first breath, a great celebration was held in the heavens and twelve magnificent gifts were granted to you.

1. Strength is the first gift. May you remember to call upon it whenever you need it.

2. Beauty is the second gift. May your deeds reflect its depth.

3. Courage is the third gift.May you speak and act with confidence and use courage to follow your own path.

4. Compassion is the fourth gift. May you be gentle with yourself and others. May you forgive those who hurt you and yourself when you make mistakes.

5. Hope is the fifth gift. Through each passage and season, may you trust the goodness of life.

6. Joy is the sixth gift. May it keep your heart open and filled with light.

7. Talent is the seventh gift. May you discover your own special abilities and contribute them toward a better world.

8. Imagination is the eighth gift. May it nourish your visions and dreams.

9. Reverence is the ninth gift. May you appreciate the wonder that you are and the miracle of all creation.

10. Wisdom is the tenth gift. Guiding your way, wisdom will lead you through knowledge to understanding. May you hear its soft voice.

11. Love is the eleventh gift. It will grow each time you give it away.

12. Faith is the twelfth gift. May you believe.

Now you know about your twelve gifts of birth. But there is more to the secret that the wise women knew. Use your gifts well and you will discover others, among them a gift that is uniquely you. See these noble gifts in other people. Share the truth and be ready for the miracle to unfold as the prophecy of the wise women comes true.

By Charlene Costanzo

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rohan March 19, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Precious as diamonds… these gifts are to imparted in life to live it in true manner.

2 Eric March 20, 2013 at 12:18 am

This is realy tourching. It has revealed to me 12 treasures of Gods kingdom.

3 Neha March 20, 2013 at 5:17 am

It’s superb!!!

4 Esther March 20, 2013 at 6:37 am

There are some gifts that I have known now and I will utilize. Thank you for reminding me.

5 Mahendra Prasad March 20, 2013 at 7:56 am

Good gifts let us make the best use.

6 Lino March 21, 2013 at 12:45 am

Thank you for making me understand the value of these priceless gifts.

7 Jabeena March 21, 2013 at 6:54 am

Superb…Nice one….

8 Kingsley Kaisi March 21, 2013 at 8:27 am


9 Mayuri Makwana March 22, 2013 at 7:12 am

Wonderful gifts…which make….wonderful life……

10 Noeme D. Catayas March 23, 2013 at 2:59 am

Thank you for the reminders…

11 Anshi Goel March 24, 2013 at 7:33 am

Thank you so much.

12 Rozy March 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I would like to share these gifts with my dear ones.

13 Mosopefoluwa April 11, 2013 at 2:22 am

Thank you for this great one. Spread it round

14 Tee Why April 12, 2013 at 4:43 am

Nice one

15 Udugh solomon July 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Really interesting, and incentive.

16 Shubham September 2, 2013 at 9:05 am

It’s superb….!!!:-)

17 Mahek December 28, 2013 at 11:16 am

This was really an inspiring story… HATS OFF to this story…. nicely written…. will remember these 12 gifts life-long….

18 M.Satish kumar January 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Wow….an eye opening experiance & it’s a hidden truth behind every human beings life, worth reading… Satish from India.

19 Zibusiso Tshuma April 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Hello Charlen I love The twelve gift of birth I’m that I use my talents. I’m bying your book to share with my family.

20 Charlene May 3, 2015 at 10:13 am

Hi Zibusiso and all. Thank you for your positive comments about my book, THE TWELVE GIFTS OF BIRTH. I am just seeing this post now, two years after it was presented here by Stephen as a motivation. Wishing you all the best of life’s gifts today and everyday! (For more inspiration related to THE TWELVE GIFTS, you may wish to visit and

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