“Not all of us have to possess earthshaking talent. Just common sense and love will do.” ~ Myrtle Auvil …
So many individuals fail to grasp this reality of this truth… which is a shame because the world could always use more common sense and love. And perhaps as parents, and as a society, we have failed in this regard, for we tend to pass down to our children this lie that we have to have amazing talents to be successful, and direct them to abandon many of the things they live because we feel they might be better off doing something else. And yet, no matter what line of work we are doing, when we do it from a place of love and passion, we are already leaving our impact on the world and positively affecting the lives of everyone around us.
I have a number of friends who make a living doing what they love. And although it often does not provide great wealth for them, and rarely brings them fame or recognition, it allows them to lead a meaningful and purposeful life with endless opportunities to contribute to the world in ways that nourish their souls. And that is the most important part of living our lives with meaning and purpose–being our brother’s keepers and providing nourishment for one another in life. If we see someone who is discouraged, we are to offer them encouragement and support; and if we know someone who is dissatisfied with the work they are doing, perhaps because they are constantly comparing it to the work of others who are more talented at it than they are, we are to reassure them that their work has tremendous value and meaning.
We are all necessary strands in the tapestry of humanity, and our contributions–however small or unimportant they may seem–pour forth nourishment for everyone else, adding strength, beauty, kindness, compassion, love, mercy, empathy, and so many more positive elements to life. And as unique individuals, complete with our own different and very important talents and abilities, it is essential that we always keep in mind that although we may not have the greatest talent in the world in a certain area, we can still do the best that we know how, and we can still love the work we do, and we can still contribute our own unique talents or build upon limits of the talents we currently have.
Discover some new ways to build confidence in your talents and abilities.
Questions to consider:
From where do we get the idea that we have to be super-talented at something if we want to be good at it?
In how many fields have you done very good work even when they have not been the fields of your greatest talent?
Why do others tend to discourage us if we want to pursue goals in fields in which we do not possess huge amounts of talent?
For further thought:
“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” ~ Henry Van Dyke