Everyone has them.
God given gifts and talents.
It could be a scientific mind focused on finding the cure for cancer or the keen cooking skills to make an incredible meat loaf. There is no ranking system in the pursuit of passions. The world needs everyone’s contributions. This is where many of us get stuck.
Happy people use their talents on a frequent basis. Vocation, avocation, it doesn’t matter. They know that these gifts are meant to be shared, enjoyed and celebrated. In return, they experience the thrill of any gift giver: inner joy, excitement, and a sense of connection. And sometimes a paycheck.
Other folks never even open their gifts. What would people think? It’s not that big of a deal. I don’t have the time. The excuses are varied, but the outcome is the same. They will miss living in the “sweet spot”. The place where their true happiness and the world’s needs meet. It’s sad.
And then there are the people that are certain they were overlooked when the gifts were handed out. What? (Note: these are often the most gifted people in others eyes.) If this resonates with you, reconnect with your talents.
Ask yourself questions.
What did you love doing as a child? What makes time stand still for you? What do other people come to you for advice about? If money and time were no object, what would you want to do?
What if we all have the same purpose in life? To be happy. What happy looks like to each of us will vary depending on what gifts and talents we were given.
You don’t need anyone’s permission. Identify your gifts. Start using them.
Be you. No apologies.