Whenever I’m in a large crowd of people I’m amazed at the fact that each person has a unique and different appearance (identical twins notwithstanding). With all the combinations of facial features, body types, skin and hair color, height and weight possibilities, no 2 people are exactly alike in appearance. Each person is unique. I love that!
In addition to physical features every person is also unique in their mix of gifts and talents. Unlike hair color or height and weight, a person’s gifts and talents are not always visibly recognizable to others, or to the person who possesses them. It’s easy for us to see a talent being used in other people, but we can often miss, or even dismiss the unique talents and gifts that we possess. When we see others’ talent being used it’s easy to think, “I wish I were talented like so-and-so“ or “I’m just not that talented”. Of our own talents, we may even think, “It’s not a big deal” or “There’s nothing special about that”. I disagree. Your talents are a big deal, and they are something special.
I think we are at our best when we are using our gifts and talents on a regular basis. We perform our greatest work, give our greatest effort, and make our greatest contribution when we engage them. That’s why it’s so important for us to be aware of our gifts and talents and seek to use them often in the course of our daily lives.
Spend some time over the next couple of days reflecting on your unique gifts and talents. As you do, think of opportunities to use them to cause something to happen in your personal or professional life. Also, realize that no one else on the planet has the exact same make up of gifts and talents that you do.
You truly are unique!