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The twelve gifts of Birth

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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  • Charlene May 3, 2015, 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 charlenecostanzo.com and thetwelvegiftsofbirth.com)

  • Zibusiso Tshuma April 23, 2015, 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.

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

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

  • Mahek December 28, 2013, 11:16 am

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

  • Shubham September 2, 2013, 9:05 am

    It’s superb….!!!:-)

  • Udugh solomon July 31, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Really interesting, and incentive.

  • Tee Why April 12, 2013, 4:43 am

    Nice one

  • Mosopefoluwa April 11, 2013, 2:22 am

    Thank you for this great one. Spread it round

  • Rozy March 24, 2013, 1:13 pm

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

  • Anshi Goel March 24, 2013, 7:33 am

    Thank you so much.

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

    Thank you for the reminders…

  • Mayuri Makwana March 22, 2013, 7:12 am

    Wonderful gifts…which make….wonderful life……

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

    Wow…

  • Jabeena March 21, 2013, 6:54 am

    Superb…Nice one….

  • Lino March 21, 2013, 12:45 am

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

  • Mahendra Prasad March 20, 2013, 7:56 am

    Good gifts let us make the best use.

  • Esther March 20, 2013, 6:37 am

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

  • Neha March 20, 2013, 5:17 am

    It’s superb!!!

  • Eric March 20, 2013, 12:18 am

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

  • Rohan March 19, 2013, 11:08 pm

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

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