The other day, my husband Bob was responding to an email from the organizers of his upcoming high school reunion. They’d posed a question that he didn’t know how to answer, so he did a very smart thing. He asked his wife:)
“What,” he said, “are my hidden talents?”
Well, it didn’t take more than a second to start listing those for him.
He has a talent for teaching. He has an exceptional ability to explain complicated processes in language anyone can understand. He’s excellent at helping people. He’s great at listening, at solving problems and at fixing things. He truly cares about people. And he can conceptualize a design and then build it.
There are many more, but that was a good start.
Now maybe the reunion organizers were thinking of hidden talents like singing or dancing or playing a harmonica while twirling a hula hoop. But their question made me think about something that’s probably universal.
The person to whom Bob’s talents are hidden is…Bob. He’s blind to abilities that others can clearly see in him. And I’m guessing the same is true for all of us.
That’s what our egos do…they keep us from remembering the best parts of ourselves, which is why our talents get “hidden” in the first place.
So here’s what I’d like you to do this week. Find someone who knows you well, and who will take this question seriously. Then ask that person, “What are my hidden talents?”
Pay attention to what they tell you. Take it to heart. Know that they’re not making false claims or just being nice.
Then, when that person is done, change places and do the same for them.
I guarantee you’ll learn something about yourself. You’ll feel great. The rest of the day may feel a little lighter.
You might even want to sing a song, play the harmonica or twirl a hula hoop.
Most of all, enjoy sharing the question and bringing those “hidden” talents into the light. With less fear and more love, together we can do miracles.
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Have a fear-less week!