Talent: Share it!

See Mark 4:21. Every time I see this scripture I think of a quote by Marianne Williamson: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." (A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles", Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3])

Just a little reminder for myself. Do you enjoy sharing your talents, or do you find it easier to hide? I have to admit that I often find it easier to hide—it's so easy just to be average and not show everyone what makes you different. But the world would be a pretty sad place if everyone was afraid to do what they're best at.

1 comment:

  1. I know that I am often also intimidated when I find out someone else has a similar skill set to my special talents - i.e. I don't want to play the violin in church if someone else is also a violinist - I don't want to teach a class on home filing if someone else is a professional organizer - not because I don't believe in my own skill, but I don't want someone else noticing my mistakes, which is totally silly!