The next rule in The Rules for being Human.
Rule No.8 What we make of our life is up to us. We have all the tools and resources we need. What we create with those tools and resources is up to us.
We are all different and we all have different gifts and skills which we are able to develop. God has given each and every one of us enough to work with to be the best human we can possibly be. Just because we don’t have the same as someone else, does not make us inferior, it just makes us unique and isn’t that wonderful! The quote, Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken is attributed to Oscar Wilde but it is a good one to keep in front of mind. The only person you can authentically be is yourself and it is important for you to believe that you are enough.
This rule is not a cop out; it will require work. Look at the words; tools, resources, create. Tools are used to do work or cause some result. I have my garden tools but if I don’t use them and do some work with them, they are of little benefit and my garden will not be beautiful or bring pleasure. Among the dictionary meanings for resource is the means at hand afforded by the mind or personal abilities and to be resourceful is to be skillful in overcoming difficulties, full of resource, ingenious. And to create is to make, cause to exist, produce, design or invent. Each of us has the perfect measure we need to be able to live life purposefully.
Life is not a blame game, it is unwise to give your power in life away by blaming whatever it is you feel inclined to blame for your situation. So go and find your tools, realise your resources and get creating for what we make of our life is up to us.