I help people come out of hiding.
This was pointed out to me in Memories on Fire class, after we had written scenes of childhood and connected them to our present lives. (I always do the writing along with my students.)
I wrote about being the kid who stayed in the shadows, never raised her hand in class, didn't want the world to know her shames and fears. Inside, I was a singer, an actress, a writer, an artist, a storyteller. Through a series of disasters and miracles, I slowly learned to bring this person to the outside.
Now I help people to express their shames and fears - on the page. I'm delighted along with my writers when they make new discoveries about themselves.
What is your gift? Just look for the ways you are helping other people in the world.