Albert Einstein is known to have said that he had “no special talents” and that he was only “passionately curious.” The truth is, we all often underestimate our own talents. We are quick to assume that we are simply average and that the subjects that peak our interest are simply coincidental.
Einstein clearly possessed loads of talent, and so do we. Typically, the things that make you come alive are your talents. Recognize them. Embrace them, and incorporate them into your daily life. Sometimes, our talents don’t make sense to us in the short term, but we must remember that life looks very different over time.
Call it luck, call is a gift, the talents that you have are entrusted to you like an endowment. You are responsible for this talent that has been entrusted to you, and to whom much is given, much is expected. In all reality, if you have a talent, it doesn’t just belong to you anymore; it belongs and is needed in the world around you.
You may doubt your “talent.” You may feel like an idiot even calling your talent a talent out of self-criticism and fear. Do not let yourself get in the way of the gift that you are meant to share with the world. There are weeks when I doubt why I write. I wonder how this talent will ever make a difference in those around me. My inner demons tell me that I am wasting my time every morning that I blog, yet, nonetheless, I am compelled to write. I can not go a day without writing. I know not if this is my talent, but I know that I must keep doing it, for it makes me feel alive. Making words dance across the screen is necessary to my being, and I believe my purpose.
Be generous towards others with your talents; we need you. Be courageous enough to not let your own insecurity prevent you from sharing your gifts with the world, for it is when we suffocate ourselves and our gifts that we crumble from the inside out. We need each other, so let us be generous with the talents with which we have been graced.