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Let Your Light Shine

Updated on February 9, 2014
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"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works..." Book of Matthew

Each one of us is unique. When I was in the fifth grade one of the nuns, after chuckling over something I'd done said, "Mary, you are a unique individual." I had no idea what unique meant so I went home and looked it up. "Unique...highly unusual, rare, one of a kind"

That was certainly me, "one of a kind." But, you know what? You're one of a kind too. Think about it. Definition time again, "One of a kind...an unusual person, thing or event." Yup, you are. Is there anybody else EXACTLY like you? I don't think so.

America's Got Talent - Anna Graceman

Talent to work on old cars
Talent to work on old cars

Got talent?

No one was born at the exact moment in the exact month on the exact day in the year you were born...and if they were they are still a different person! (I added the latter for the pragmatists reading this.) You are one of a kind. Your parents, your atmosphere, your relatives...all different from someone else who helped to form you into the unique individual you are. Do you know where this is going?

Well, now that we have established you are one of a kind, what about that light shining within? Light? Yes, that light is your talent. Got talent? A talent you have that you may or may not even know exists. We all have talents, some hidden more than others but we all have them. Each of us has a talent that has grown with us and helps our light to shine. Knowing what that talent is enables us to use it and nourish it. It will always grow if you let it shine! If you bury it it can whither and die as if it never existed.

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What is your talent?

What is your talent? There are some that are obvious, a writer, a painter, a singer, a gymnast, a fashion designer, a doctor, a nurse or a teacher. What about someone who plays an instrument, or fixes cars, or maybe you're someone who can really dance or speak several languages. These are all pretty obvious talents.

But there are others that are not always so obvious. Maybe you're a good cook or baker; maybe you take good pictures or you're really computer savvy! Yet, there are more talents:

  • humility
  • sincerity
  • creativity
  • generosity
  • honesty

Still not seeing your talent? There is so much more...talent that lets your light shine.

Quotes about talent

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? Benjamin Franklin

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends.Cyril Connolly

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. Larry Bird

Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them. Thomas Kinkade

Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off. Carl Jung

I've come to appreciate other people's talents. Howard Stern

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. Stephen King


Your talent

What about your talent to be a great Mother or Father? Your talent to be understanding and/or sympathetic? Do you have a talent for managing money well? Are you loyal to your friends? What about thinking outside the box or the ability to analyze a situation and do it well? Of course there are the optimists, yes that's a talent...always seeing the good...what about being flexible? There are people who won't change for anything so being flexible is a talent. Maybe you're a neat freak...to those who can't get organized this is certainly a talent.

Call them talents, call them gifts, call them your light, whatever you call them each of us has them. Learning that we have, being proud of what our talent is, and learning to use them, all add to the light that shines from you...your special light. Using your talent, like loving, will make others happy but it will also make you happy. If you know and use your talent and let your light shine you will be content, not struggling all the time looking for something. You will have found that something, within yourself.

Don't minimize your talents...they may be talents you were born with or talents you fought hard to aquire but they are still yours, your light that shines before the world. You are good and you are good at something, Susanna Kaysen says, "survival is a talent"! I guess its all in the way you look at it, but you know you have a talent!



This Little Light of Mine - song starts at 1:22

Let your light shine

So now that you're convinced you have a talent (you are convinced right?), how about letting it shine for all the world to see. No more hiding it or ignoring it. No more pretending you don't have it...let it out...let it shine.

Let the world know you can get through tough times, that you have hope to see you through. Show the world the twinkle in your eye and your sense of humor. Share yourself with your family and friends in the good times and the bad. Impress people with how nice and caring you are by going the extra mile....Take the time to know yourself and your talents and let your light shine for all the world to see!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Nice to know you agree and that you found my hub thoughtful and meaningful!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome, talent is unique and every individual has one you have a thoughtful hub with such great meaning

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Eddy...I KNOW your light shines, I read it all the time! God bless.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub Mary and thank you so much for sharing,. Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Shruti...I am truly appreciating your unique comment, and vote and share!

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      shruti sheshadri 4 years ago from Bangalore, India

      inspiringly beautiful, I felt so good after reading these words. UNIQUE , yes thats the best word to describe each one of us, all of us have a special aura around us.How beautiful :) voted up and shared :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks so much for coming back Theresa!

      Ah SS, no way can you be annoying....your talents are many and being discovered daily ;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      What a talented hub, created by such a talented writer. I think my most recent talent is to be annoying. Does that qualify? ;)

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Just an good this time as it was the first time. :) An excellent read and such an important message. :) ~~Theresa

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I always enjoy it when you comment Linda because your light always shines through!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      You have mastered the art of encouraging others! This hub is so uplifting and insightful. Few see parenting as a talent or even fixing cars. It's wonderful that you have pointed the spotlight on this things. Kudos to you!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Thank you Arun and let YOUR light shine!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      As a beginner creative writer I find the message quite interesting and let us all now realise our talent within.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you for the lovely comment Faith Reaper....God Bless.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, why else are we still here --- to let our light so shine so that He may be glorified. Excellent write. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I know we all have talent Rajan, but we so often forget! Happy that you enjoyed and found it positive.

      SS, "I know 'we'll' never find another you"! We share a mutual 'wonderfulness' ;)

      Michelle glad you found this thought provoking, I hope others do too!

      DFiduccia beautifully put.

      Thank you faith love hope32.

      I think so too Mary, we always see the talent in others and tend to overlook it in ourselves.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub. I think we all are guilty of not allowing our "lights to shine". Maybe we are too modest, huh?

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share and tweet. Mary

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      faith_love_hope32 5 years ago

      Voted up and Awesome! Love it. :D

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      DFiduccia 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Your hub carries an importantant message for all readers. There is a spark in all of us that can become a flame, if we put forth a little effort.

      ...voted up—DF

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      An inspiring hub, Mary. True that some talents are far less valued than others; it's the little ones like humility that really count...because doing all that requires a lot of talent. Thanks for the thought provoking read!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      "One of a kind," ain't that the truth. I can't imagine there being another Sunshine out there. Oh my! One is exhausting enough. A beautiful hub. Thank you for creating it and reminding us that we are all unique and wonderful. Well, most of us at least. I know you are! :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A fantastic hub. What an indepth analysis. I never knew so much of talent was hidden in us. Thanks for sharing this very positive hub, Mary.

      Voting it up, useful and beautiful. Sharing it.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I'm glad you found this so inspirational Melovy. I wanted people to realize what they've got and concentrate on that! Thanks for the vote.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Oh, this is lovely. I love how you have included generosity, humility and those other qualities. It's making me think of people I know and to appreciate those qualities in them even more! This article also reminds me of the passage Marianne Williamson wrote for Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech.

      Great hub. Voted up.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Most definitely Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Up across the board on this--we all need to shine and can!!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Oh Vocalcoach! You have just given me the biggest reward I have ever received on hub pages...if my little hub was able to bring back your light it makes this all worthwhile! May light and rainbows replace your pain and sorrow and your joy grow with each passing moment...God Bless.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      You have written this inspiring piece just for me, Mary. (Well I'l like to think so:) Been going through some touch stuff and the combination of your words and the beautiful video is just what the Dr. ordered. (Or should have ordered:) I have found my little light again. It was hiding behind the pain and sorrow. I am thanking you with tears of joy for the new hope you have given me. Voted up and across and sharing!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tillie....Keep the ego........Enlarge your doorways!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Effer you're our favorite problem child....life would be so dull without you! Your talents know no bounds.

      Thank you for all the compliments, my head won't fit through the door right now!

      You're the best GF!!!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Where did this hub come from? I hate it when one sneaks past me like this! In fact, I just went in and changed my settings for notifications, because they were not as they should have been. I am such a PROBLEM child....That must be my talent, GF!!

      Hey....YOU'RE AT 100 AGAIN!!! Here's to it lasting for a longer period of time....we get sooo excited and then oops, it's gone. Bummer.

      You deserve it Till. Your hubs have been fantastic. Each one is unique and fascinating it's own right. Your writing flair and finesse is top shelf.

      I HOPE my light shines through every day! I know yours does.....UP++

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      So glad you enjoyed Injured lamb. Sometimes we just need to be reminded. Have a good one.

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      I love this..."let it out, let it shine..." and in fact, you've convinced us...do know our talents is not enough, we have to shine it out. Thanks for sharing with us this thought provoking great hub tillsontitan, it definitely deserves the "up", take care tillsontitan, cheers!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Theresa, I think that is what it is all about, recognizing your talents!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very encouraging hub and message. Thanks for all the great examples...so many people don't recognize their own talents and abilities. Good writing Tillson. Theresa

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Wow Neil and Manatita...so glad you were inspired by my hub.

      Neil I can only hope my talent lives up to it's expectations ;) ...live like you will die tomorrow...imagine how much better the world would be if people actually did that!!

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      "learn like you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow...."

      Thanks Neil. You reminded me of a similar one:

      Give yourself to this world as if you were always going to inhabit it.

      Give yourself to the inner world, as if you were going there tomorrow. (Unknown). Thanks for sharing.

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      Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      A cool hub with message. I agree - we all have a talent.. and many additional ones we can develop... learn like you will live forever, live like you will die tomorrow....

      So now that you're convinced you have a talent (you are convinced right?), how about letting it shine for all the world to see. No more hiding it or ignoring it. No more pretending you don't have it...let it out...let it shine.

      great hub - thanks for sharing.... shine on!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I recently had the opportunity to talk to that nun again and we laughed at her comment...thank you Docmo....everyone is special and unique. Hope you're enjoying FLA!!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Always thoughtful, always inspiring, ever so giving, kind, gentle, romantic, appreciative and generous... yes, the nun was right, Mary, you ARE unique! what a wonderful hub on treating that special something in everyone and encouraging the positives. Awesome.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you for the inspirational comment Manatita...I can only humbly hope I do make a difference. God bless you as well.

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      manatita44 5 years ago from london

      Thank You, tillsontitan,

      Well written. Great style. I like it. Uplifting and truly inspirational hub. Well thought out. Work put in clearly evident here. I feel sure that you will continue to serve. God bless.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      That's great KJ, if we can get everyone else on board it could be a better world!

      MM, so glad you stopped by and enjoyed. Thank you for the up vote too!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I enjoyed this uplifting and inspiring hub with it's wonderful message!

      Lovely photos too, thank you so much, voted up.

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      tillsontitan...very nicely done hub...many people have talents that they never discover, until later in life and they still don't act on them..what a waste...enjoyed the hub immensely...I know my talents and utilize them everyday.......

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      And many thanks to you Jamie for reading and commenting!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for your uplifting hub. Jamie

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Epi and CC you're both going to give me a big head! I try very hard to be a loving and laughing human being.

      Epi, summer has been brutal but its better than snow!

      CC I hope I can live up to your description...I think I do but you've really complimented me.

      Thank you both for reading my hub and your wonderful comments.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Fun, fun! I'd say your talents are humor, writing, being a great mom, having an eye for decoration, compassion and sincerity. I see all that in your writing. The longer I live, the more I discover my talents. Indeed, I have a few of them "nailed," and yet probably some still to discover. Thanks for sharing this thought-provoking hub. :)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....in each beautiful word you write here with so much love, encouragement and inspiration you are letting your true and vibrant light shine for every one of your lucky readers and that makes you a very special person indeed .....lake erie time ontario 11:15am how has your summer been so far, no doubt, lol, better than our winters ......

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Karen, we all have the light we just need to let it shine!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Beautiful hub with a great message. I totally agree with you. Voted up, beautiful, awesome and interesting.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      So glad you liked it Michael! Its always nice to have you read one of my hubs.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago

      excellent hub . you write very well and stay on topic with your conversation.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Ah, as still waters run deep? Thank you.

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      stillwaters707 5 years ago from Texas

      Very inspiring.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Lord, I apologize, somehow your comment got lost in the shuffle between 'notifications' and 'comments'. It is always such a pleasure to have you read my hubs. You not only read my hubs but it seems you read between the lines. I so agree we cannot let our parents down...that is the perfect thought! Thank you.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you Jools but we already know you're gifted!

      KD you are a young man with much wisdom! "switch the lights on at the right time" couldn't be a more perfect line to compliment my hub! Thanks for the great contribution.

      Au fait, that was one of my grandchildren with his actual bus driver (not me). I sympathize with the heat you're experiencing! The rain here has finally broken the heat (NY). I just think we are all unique in our own personalities....whether its type of personality or talents or reactions to life. Your comments and visits are always so welcome.

      Lannm, I'm sure you know some of your talents but you may not have yet discovered them all!

      Gingerka, God bless you!

      Thanks for reading and commenting Curiad. Nice to see you here.

      Thanks Bac2basics...so many people just need a good talking to ;)

      Nell, I have no doubt you would be an excellent painter as you excel at all you do! Glad you enjoyed. Have a good one.

      As always Pagesvoice you hit the nail on the head "believe in yourself"! So glad you stopped by and added your thoughts.

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      Dennis L. Page 5 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Great words of wisdom and to think it all started with a 5th Grade teacher. There are special writers, scientists, gardeners, window washers and even politicians. Although it is a plus to have others believe in us, we need to believe in ourselves too. Of course, positive reinforcement helps out immensely.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, yes I think we all have talents, and the one thing I often wonder is, have we a talent that we haven't even discovered yet? I have often wanted to paint, but never got around to it, maybe I would be rubbish, but you never know, I maybe the new picasso! lol! I wish! great hub Mary, cheers nell

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Tilly...This hub should be passed on to everyone with low self esteem, backed up with a good talking to about their real worth. Fantastic piece and a great insight. Voted you across the board.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      So true Mary, We all have some talent and Just need to use it. Well said!

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      gingerka 5 years ago from Colorado

      I enjoyed this hub. I pray that I can use my talents every day to shine for Jesus.

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      lannm 5 years ago from Out here somewhere

      Excellent Hub and I loved the photos. There is so much truth to your Hub. I find that I am always for for my true talent or what I was put here to do. I will keep working towards, hoping to find it - or have I found it already and not even realize it. Thanks Lisa

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Great photos as always! Love that little boy on the bus with the same look as the driver -- you and a grandson? Wish we could have some of that snow I saw through the window delivered right this minute! It's 102 degrees here north of Dallas right now and climbing. Beautiful pictures as always.

      Yes, an excellent subject. Indeed there is no one like me, or you, but unfortunately most people have more appreciation for others who come as close as possible to being carbon copies of themselves. That's the reason we have so many wars in this world. It's the reason people get so angry about letting other people live their own lives their own way when that way differs from their own. Most people measure others against themselves.

      I learned in one of my PSYC classes that while people often say opposites attract, in fact when it comes to people, people like people like themselves. The more 2 people have in common, the longer their friendship or marriage is likely to last. People are more comfortable, approving, and better able to relate to people like themselves.

      So when you say unique, exactly what do you mean? Unique in different talents and skills only? Or unique in perspective as well?

      Always enjoy your hubs. Voted you up and awesome!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      This is absolutely true and right. We all have different talents in the world and it is up to use to control it and make it our light of the world. Some of us here have the talent of writing, some the talent of music, some of prose, some of poetry; whatever it may be, you must know what your light is to make your life worth living and fighting for :) Who knows, perhaps your talent(s) may change the worlds and lights of many; all it takes is that one person to switch the lights on at the right time.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Mary, I echo gmwilliams comment - a very beautiful and thought provoking hub. I felt more gifted after reading it.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you Bill...makes others feel good about themselves, to me, is a giant accomplishment and talent! You are in my thoughts and prayers as you write.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Interesting topics. Life would be so dull without variety in God's creation. We think we know already what talents we possess, along with humility and care for others. We learned from parents and we cannot let them down. Thanks Mary for pouring your heart and style in this hub!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Wow, gmwilliams and josh you responded so quickly it seems like I published and voila you two were there!

      Your comment is very welcome GM...God bless you as well.

      Always enjoy hearing from you Josh and your comments are always so upbeat, thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great message Mary, one that everyone should take to heart. Bravo my friend; among your talents is the ability to make those around you feel better about themselves. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Mary,

      Excellent hub on talents! We all should be using what we have been given to bless others! Inspiring and motivational! I enjoyed the quotes you shared, thanks Mary!

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Extremely beautiful hub. Everyone indeed has a talent. God bless you!