Is your life as common as cinnamon? Or is cinnamon really common at all? You, me and cinnamon are a lot alike. Stay with me here. I’m about to make a point.

file8501286028503Today, cinnamon is a staple in any spice cabinet. It’s actually my favorite spice. I put it in everything from my morning protein shake to spaghetti sauce to gluten free spice cake.

Before the 18th Century, though, it was the spice of the wealthy, the spice of kings. It was far from common. It was one time worth 15 times that of silver and was more valuable than gold. It was far from common.

Scarce
At that time, cinnamon was only found in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). It was difficult to harvest and grow.

Sea travel was treacherous. Shipping took months to carry cargo to countries wanting the special properties of cinnamon. That drove up the price and the demand.

Purpose
Before the 18th century, cinnamon was used in embalming, preserving meats and medicinally for sore throats and coughing.

Its purpose was so highly prized that the Portuguese, Dutch, French and English all fought to control the country where it grew.

Besides its flavor, taste and smell, additional super powers of cinnamon are being discovered today. It is said to lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, stop yeast infections, reduce cancer cells, has an anti-clotting effect on the blood, relieves arthritis pain, boosts memory, fights e. coli in unpasteurized juice, and is high in nutrients.

We are cinnamon
We are like cinnamon in that we look common, but we are not.  We may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound like cinnamon, but we are unique.

Like cinnamon, we are scarce. There is only one of us. We are valuable. We are so valuable that we have been bought with a price, highly prized, one of a kind.

Above all of this, though, we each have a purpose that is unusual and unique. We fill a spot no one else in the world can.

I don’t know what your purpose, your sweet spot is. After almost 60 years on this earth, I’m just learning mine. I hope you find yours long before this point in time.

You do have one you know. For more information about purpose, take advantage of the free gift offered below for becoming a member of this website.

Now, go out there and spice up the world. Go be cinnamon.

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has three more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God." Sweet Grace and Sweet Freedom study guides are available as well. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss tab at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.