What's your great talent? You know, the activity you love to do and if you could do it all day long, that's what you'd choose?
Sometimes the older the we get, life gets busy and our talents get buried at the bottom of a plastic container that's stored under the basement stairs. If we are lucky, we pull it out for a holiday and then we don't see it for another year.
Or maybe your talent is something you love, but you don't think you're "good enough" to share with the world. You may think, "What if I embarrass myself? I should be able to take a leap of faith, but my faith is fleeting."
I understand where you are coming from. I loved to bake, especially cupcakes, but my decorating skills were questionable at best.
But I baked anyway and gave away my ugly cupcakes.
Then one day I asked a friend, who decorated beautiful cupcakes, to teach me how to make presentable cupcakes.
She showed up at my house, shared her talent with me, and within a few hours I learned how to decorate a cupcake I was no longer embarrassed to give away.
Do you have a talent you can showcase and share with others?
- Can you sew? Maybe a friend needs a new dress hemmed.
- Are you crafty? Maybe an event planner could use your craftiness to make decorations.
- Are you good with money? Maybe you can help a newly married couple create a budget.
- Do your friends rave about your organized home? Call a friend who is always stressed about disorganization and schedule a date to help her out.
I'm a firm believer that our talents were meant to be shared.
Take a minute to jot down your talent and think about who you can help. Reach out to the person you jotted down and offer your assistance. If they accept, schedule time on the calendar to share your talent!
If you can't think of anyone that needs your talent, post on social media, "Any of my friend's need help with (fill in the blank)?"
What talent will you share?
Day 12 Giving Challenge: Share your talent to help someone.
Did you know... that many times our talents aren't rewarded until later life? Look at the famous actor, such as Morgan Freeman. He didn't get his big break until age 50! Or what about Colonel Sanders, owner of KFC? He didn't open his first franchise until age 62. Or my favorite, J.K. Rowling, who lived in poverty and it wasn't until age 32 that she published the Harry Potter series. You are never to young, or old, to share your talent with others.
Chat with your Children: Have you seen the movie, A Star is Born, staring Lady Gaga? Over the course of the promotion of the movie, I watched several of her interviews. She shared how she was bullied in school for singing and acting. Lucky for us, she didn't let the bullying squash her talents. I think there are two great conversations that can be had with children around the topic of talents. The first, is encouraging them to do what they love. Find ways to work together to help them nurture a passion. The second is, teaching them how to encourage others when it comes to recognizing talents in their friends. Maybe your child loves sports, how can the cheer on their friends who love band or drama? We should never be tearing down or making fun of someone for sharing their talents. We don't want to be the reason as child puts their talent in a box under the basement stairs.
Bonus Story: A day before our dog, Boss, passed away, our friend came over and gave us a great gift. I share how our talents can impact others. I will cherish the gift she gave us forever.