Talents - What are yours?
Costumes are one of my talents
As we were lying in bed watching "The Peoples Choice Awards" (yes I said lying in bed, I figure if I'm going to fall asleep watching TV I might as well be in bed) I started thinking about talent. Granted not every actor is really talented but some are so very talented. I have to say Morgan Freeman (he gave the definitions of icon when he won the Movie Icon Award) said it best, "If I represent something, here's what I hope it is," Freeman continued, "To all of you who were kind enough to vote for me, I hope I represent a working actor who is forever grateful for this honor." His definition of an icon is what makes him one.
Dictionary.com lists the definitions of talent as:
- a special natural ability or aptitude: a talent for drawing.
- a capacity for achievement or success; ability: young men of talent.
- a talented person: The cast includes many of the theater's major talents.
- a group of persons with special ability: an exhibition of watercolors by the local talent.
- Movies and Television . professional actors collectively,especially star performers.
So, What are your talents? We all have some. The easiest way for me to review talents is to start with my own.
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Quotes About Talent
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What's a sundial in the shade?”
― Benjamin Franklin
“Life is entrusted to man as a treasure which must not be squandered, as a talent which must be used well.” ― John Paul II
Obviously I could eliminate number five without the blink of an eye. However, looking at number one gave me pause to think. "A special natural ability or aptitude," don't we all have that? We are all special ergo we must have a special natural ability. Easier said than figured out. Digging into my psyche I tried to find what my special natural ability was. I finally came up with the ability to really like and relate to people and animals. Don't laugh. There are a lot of people out there who like neither or just either. Think about it, don't you know people that no one really likes or people who don't like or can't get along with animals? Fortunately I'm not one of them. When I was younger my mother used to call me "Mrs. Anthony" (she was the equivalent of Dear Abby in the 30s or 40s.) All my friends used to come to me with their boyfriend/girlfriend problems or even problems they were having with their parents. When I went to work I was like a Dear Abby magnet, everyone talked to me about their problems. Maybe it's not that I'm a people person but a good listener and I don't pass on the information people tell me about themselves or maybe I am a Dear Abby magnet. Either way it is one of my talents. Confidentiality, good listening, a sympathetic ear...all people skills.
A Talent for Taking Photos
Of course I have other talents...I know where everything is in the refrigerator at any given moment. It may not seem important to you but when someone is looking for that last piece of cheese, I'm the one who knows where it is. Yet, I also have a talent for losing my glasses. I spend a lot of time searching for them and nine out of ten times they are where they belonged in the first place!
I'm sure my writing can be construed as a talent since not everyone can write, will write or likes to write. To those of us who do write it is a joy and a talent.
I'm a pretty good photographer too. I think my wandering imagination helps with writing and photography! I'm always saying that I wish I had my camera! I try to bring it with me as much as possible and I've gotten some reallty nice pictures. Of course I have thousands of pictures of grandchildren!
I once had a talent for singing and belonged to a folk group for over 30 years. Unfortunately age and smoking lowered my octaves for me. I can still carry a tune but the notes better not go too high. I do love to sing and love just about any type of music. Yes, those are talents too. Are you beginning to see your talents?
I can cook. I'm not a gourmet cook but I do make some darn good meals. I must, my kids keep coming home with their spouses and children to eat at my house (you're supposed to smile here). Remember, those who burn eggs really thing cooking is a talent!
What Are Your Talents?
I am a pretty good gardener too. I do very well with my gardens though I have a tendency to kill house plants. I also have a talent to make people laugh. I like to look at the brighter side of things and I'm not above making fun of myself when I do something shall we say, not ordinary or just plain stupid. Humor lightens the heart and often makes the day better so I'm always up for a laugh even if it's at my own expense.
I have a talent for making Halloween a blast with my Halloween costumes. Some totally made by me, some put together from store bought merchandise. The kids love to come and see my Halloween costumes!
Gee, I guess I have more talent than I gave myself credit for.
What about you? What are your talents? What are your natural talents? Have you developed a talent? Maybe you even have a talent that is not considered traditional? Your talent may be artistic or you may be a geek with super technical powers/talent. Are you a fashionista with a talent for picking the right clothing? Do you play the piano or guitar? What about your imagination or ability to judge people correctly? If you think about it I'm sure you'll realize you have more talents than you give yourself credit for.
I would love to have you add your talents along with your comments at the end of this hub. Please join in!
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