“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” ~ Henry Van Dyke …
Listening to the birds is such a unique and wonderful experience. Every species has their own rhythms and sounds, and each bird has its own unique pitch and song. We are each much like birds in this regard–we all have our own songs to sing, and they are truly unique songs. While some people sing of business or financial success, others will sing their songs of having touched lives through teaching, medicine, or volunteering with those less fortunate. Someone else may sing their songs of raising children or raising a parish community–it truly matters not, for all are necessary in this symphony of life we are experiencing.
There are times in life we fall into thinking that we may not be as good as someone else–that our own personal contributions are somehow lacking and that what we give is not worth as much as what some others are giving. Often times this may be a result of us seeing what others are giving and then feeling that what we are giving is inferior and of much less value. This type of thought really does a great disservice to us though, as it discourages us from using our many talents to make something beautiful or to do something positive and far-reaching for ourselves and for others.
You have a unique and authentic voice… and it would be such a shame it was silenced and was never heard. Likewise, it would be a shame if no one ever saw the things that you are able to do–and make–that are unique to you, your vision, and your perspectives on life. I am not the best writer, but I do not let that bother me. When I write I try to write from my heart, and if someone reads it and enjoys it, well, that is wonderful. And I may not be the best speaker, but when I talk to others, I just try my best use the talents that I do have to make a difference in their lives.
We each have been blessed with beautiful and unique gifts, some perhaps stronger than others, and some less obvious than others. Yet no matter what we choose to do with our lives, it is of the utmost importance that we use those gifts to the best of our abilities, as well as encourage others to use their gifts, too. By doing so, we offer our most precious contributions to the lives of those around us. And each time we sing our unique song, and allow others to sing theirs, we make this world a slightly more positive place.
Do something for someone else today that involves your unique talents.
Questions to consider:
Why do so many people choose not to use their gifts and sing their songs?
How might we encourage others to make their contributions to the symphony of life through which we are living?
Why are so many people so quick to judge and criticize others when they do sing their own unique songs? What drives us to criticize rather than encourage?
For further thought:
All the talents of God are within you.
How could this be otherwise
When your soul
Derived from His