Thought for the Day: What Are Your Unique Gifts?
The juggler made his fancy tricks seem effortless. He clearly loved what he was doing.
every eye in the room was glued to his performance. And when he dropped one of his batons, nobody minded.
Here is his performance for you to see. In case you do not see the video player below, you may click this link to watch the juggler.
Comments like these could be heard in the lobby after the performance:
- I wish I was that talented.
- that was amazing.
- I could never do something like that
- He must be specially gifted.
What do you feel when you watch someone perform with ease?
Take a moment to consider.
Was the performance amazing? Yes. Was it beautiful? absolutely.
Does he have a special talent? Yes and no.
Certainly he has both a talent and a passion for performance and a keen desire to juggle. He also has plenty of practice.
His skill came because of countless hours of practice. “This only took 5 years of my life to learn, so feel free to applaud me,” as he himself said.
That effortless juggling routine came to him not because God gave him a special juggling gene or a special super power. Anything can look effortless when the person doing it has long practice.
What about you?
This is your thought for the day:
What Are Your Unique Gifts?
Here’s a story from my own childhood. Perhaps you have a similar memory?
I remember watching my grandmother make gnoci, an Italian pasta made of potatoes. She made it look so incredibly easy. But when I, at about age 6, tried to do exactly what she did, my attempts were clumsy at best.
“I’ve had lots more practice than you,” she told me. “It can be as easy for you one day as it is for me.”
Nana was right. “You’re amazing,” I told her.
“No, I’m not amazing. I’m just cooking for my family.”
To me, she had a special gift with cooking, but she thought nothing of it. She made wonderful meals with such ease and grace.
Anything looks easy when you know what to do so well that you hardly have to think about what to do next. Being boastful about something you do easily is certainly not a way you want to behave.
Acknowledging your ability with humility and gratitude is good.
People have a tendency to downplay their own skill. Chances are you already have a talent that is just as spectacular as the juggling to the people around you.
But perhaps you are unimpressed with your special talent because it is so easy for you. What you do easily may seem so mundane to you.
How valuable is your skill to someone who does not have the ability?
Cooking is pure magic to someone who could burn boiling water. Fixing the toilet is a miracle to the tool impaired.
In other words, you don’t have to be a juggler, a movie star or a world class athlete to be important.
You are worthy.
You are valuable.
YOU are a gift to the world, just as you are, with all your faults and foibles, with all your gifts and glory.
You’ll have to find out what those missions are when you get there. But don’t worry; they’re fun and they won’t take you a lot of time.
You’ll discover and celebrate your unique gifts when you join the challenge.
See you there!
Follow Your Bliss!
Ronda Del Boccio, The Story Lady
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