Quix Tip: The Origins of a Gift

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“The most perfectly balanced gyroscope slowly winds down. But when the gift passes out of sight and then returns, we are enlivened.”

- Lewis Hyde

Think of a person or something that has influenced you positively, whether a teacher, book, co-worker, song, family member, movie or friend and trace back their gift. Who or what influenced them? No gift lives in a vacuum. For a musical example, let’s look at jazz-guitarist George Benson, someone who has been extremely musically influential. His soloing style is influenced by jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery. When Wes Montgomery was starting out, he was hired because he could play the solos of jazz guitar pioneer Charlie Christian note-for-note. And so it goes.

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