November 14

Not all of us have to possess
earthshaking talent.  Just
common sense and love will do.

Myrtle Auvil


Today's Meditation:

It's a shame that so many people don't get this.  Because the people who think that in order to be successful, we have to have amazing talents, eventually become parents, and they teach their kids to abandon many things they love because they'd be better off doing something that they're "better" at.  Well, Jasmine may be better at math than she is at art, but if she dislikes math and loves art, there's still room for her in the art world, and a lifetime of working with numbers may be something close to hell for her.

There are many, many decent writers who are making a living doing what they love.  They'll never win the Pulitzers or the Nobels, but they certainly do contribute to the world and do work that they love doing.  There are other writers who have incredible talent but who squander it in various ways, and I'd say it's the former who are doing better in life.

I've watched many, many people lose their enthusiasm for things that they love because of the discouragement that other offer them instead of encouragement.  I see others who never are satisfied with the work that they do because they constantly compare it to the work of others who are more talented than they are.

But the world is made up of different people of different talents and abilities, and it's important that we keep in mind the fact that though we may not have the greatest talent in a certain area, we can still enjoy the work that we do in that area, and we can still be very proud that we work to the limits of our talents, or even push those limits further to improve on our talent.

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 haven't been fields of your greatest talent?

Why do others tend to discourage us if we want to pursue goals in fields in which we don't 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

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