May 3      

Today's quotation:

According to the law of Dharma, you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it.  There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world-- and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs.  When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence.  Expressing your talents to fulfill needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance.

Deepak Chopra

Today's Meditation:

My talents are unique to me as a group of abilities.  No one else on the planet possesses just the same combination of talents and abilities that I possess, and that's a wonderful thing.  What's not wonderful, though, is that so many of us ignore our talents when we choose to make our livings doing things other than what we're talented at.  We don't have to have jobs that are direct reflections of our talents, of course, but if we do take up work that doesn't allow us to use our talents, it's important that we continue to exercise those talents for our own spiritual and mental well-being.

Many people have pointed out that one of the most important reasons for us to be here on this planet is to express ourselves in our own unique ways.  Our talents help us to do this.  If my talent is painting, then I need to paint to express myself, to get feelings and fears out of my mind and onto canvas or paper.  If my talent is writing, then it's important that I put my thoughts into words and share them with others, if I'm to feel any sense of fulfillment at all.

Some people are fortunate enough to have work that allows them to use their talents in creative and unique ways.  Others are able to use their talents, but only in highly directed, not-very-creative ways.  Some of us don't get to use our talents at work at all.  For all of us, though, it's very important that we learn what our true talents are-- what we're really, really good at-- and put them to use, even if the ways we do so may seem small and insignificant.

And as Karen says below, perhaps the most important thing we can do is to use our talents in service of others.  Creating a painting that gives a sense of peace to others-- or one that makes others think more deeply about a particular subject-- can be the best thing that we can do with our talents.  If my talent is cooking, I can easily share that talent with others and give them a special eating experience.  Our talents are ours, by birth or by learning, and it's important that we use them to help ourselves and others.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people deny that they have any talent at all?

What are your strongest talents?  What do you use them for?

How might we find ways to share our talents with others, without worrying about whether people appreciate it or not?

For further thought:

The talents we each have been blessed with can only be developed if we use them fully to benefit the lives of others as well as our own.  Thus, when our selections are vast, our attention is sporadic and our talents aren't fully developed.  The fullness of our lives individually and collectively is proportionate to the depth of relationships developed between ourselves, our friends, and our activities.

Karen Casey

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