Once we identify our talents learn how to use our talents properly, we can start beautifying and contributing to the world in ways that nobody else can.
It’s the stuff real fulfillment is made of. The satisfaction of knowing that our gifts contributed to a larger effort, few things make us sleep better at night.
But having a clear sense of our own capacities and desires and how they integrate into the world is only part of the equation. Creating value is one thing, but creating the occasion to create value is another.
Which means we have to say yes. We have to incline ourselves toward accepting opportunities rather than rejecting them. Erring on the side of opening doors instead of closing them. Availing ourselves to whatever fascinating and luxurious prospects open up before us.
Otherwise our talents will always be winking in the dark.
All of this is a form of optimism. A practice of curiosity and openness and trust. It’s a willingness to say yes to life, even though we know it will devour us, even though the cynic in us mistrusts every experience.
We almost have to think ourselves:
Who cares if we’re grossly unqualified for the position? Who cares if it results in tasks that are outside of our skill set? Who cares if it’s the last thing we ever thought we’d be doing? Who cares if the opportunity falls short of our wildest dreams?
Say yes anyway.
Because our special talent that is unique and necessary to the whole of humanity, it needs an outlet and a vehicle and canvas to be realized in the world.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Is your cynicism preventing you from making full use of your talents and abilities?
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