What makes you unique?

Look back over your life. What have you consistently done well? What have you loved to do? Stand at the intersection of your affections and successes and find your uniqueness. ~from Max Lucado's Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot

Can you identify the place where your past successes and deep feelings of satisfaction intersect? According to Lucado, that's your sweet spot. What I like about Lucado's explanation is that he tells us how to find it-- how to identify something that's already there.

A while back, my husband asked, "What have you done that you are most proud of?" At that time I wasn't quite sure where I was headed, even though I was the co-owner of a boutique marketing and PR company that had a very successful and lucrative account. But internally, I was struggling with a deep feeling of dissatisfaction. Something was off. But what?

I said without blinking, "Getting those essays published in Skirt." In a split second, I had identified a place where my success intersected with my affection. It took years to learn how to (and make a decision to) incorporate my sweet spot into my everyday life. It's an ongoing process, and like my career, my book, and my new, somewhat disorganized house, it's a work-in-progress.

Can you identify your sweet spot?