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#42: Using Your Special Ability

Monday, August 10, 2009

We each have within us the ability to encourage, inspire and motivate others.

I admit that I am mechanically inept. The same goes for carpentry and anything electrical. I don't know how to draw or do someone's hair or nails. I do what I have the ability to do and that is to write, to use my words to try to help people feel encouraged and to urge them on to a having the best day of their life.

But if words don't come easy to you, then what is your special skill you can use to bring a smile to someone's face, to lift them up in spirit, even if only for a short while?

Do you bake? Are you good at yard work or home or car repairs? Do you have a knack with makeup? Are you able to drive or simply listen? These are your skills and many people need your help.

Here on SP we help with words of support and by giving motivational goodies. But think of people in your own neighborhood who could use the same support.

Is there an elderly person nearby who needs yard work done, or repairs around the house? How about a nursing home that has residents who long for someone to visit with? Or a school or church or charitable group that needs a volunteer typist or organizer? Consider contributing your homemade baked goods to a fundraiser bake sale. Is there someone who needs a ride to a doctor's appointment or to the grocery store? Is there a children's home you can take stuffed animals to?

I believe all of us have at least one special ability. How, or whether or not, we use it is up to each of us individually. But, if we're active via a computer to care for others, why can't we also care for others in person? Why don't we use our abilities to better our neighborhood and our community?

It is an easy thing to offer support in whatever way we can. Making the decision to do so is more difficult. It is hard for us to stretch outside of our comfort zones and reach a hand out to someone in need.

But once we do, the rewards will be multiplied many times over.

I encourage you to consider not only continuing to support people on their journey to weight loss and better health, but to also ask yourself what your special ability is and to put it to good use helping others.

Maybe it's only to read to someone who can't. However you reach out to help will be greatly appreciated, now and forever.
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    Thank you, Lou, for using your special ability with us! emoticon
    4220 days ago
    Excellent Blog Lou!
    4221 days ago
    I love the questions you posed to cause us to probe our talents and skills. While I do have some skills (for instance, I type about 120 wpm, am a very good transcriptionist, have the ability to cook tastey meals), I believe my gift is loving well. I recall at my mother's funeral, men then in their fifties, who were friends of my brothers from childhood, standing at her casket, tears coarsing down their cheeks, saying: "Nobody loved me like Catsie (Mama's nickname for Catherine). No matter what I'd done, she still loved me and always made me feel loved." That was her legacy. I believe generations pass the mantel of their gifting forward sometimes, and I have tried to honor my mother's memory by carrying that gift of loving well forward.
    4221 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Great point, so often folks do not realize the gifts that they do have and what they can share with the world.
    If they cannot figure out what gifts they have, they should ask a friend to use some adjectives to describe them.
    4221 days ago
    There were never truer words spoken. There is a nursing home a few blocks away. We take the Cub Scouts there on a regular basis to sing. The people just love seeing and hearing the children. It doesn't matter how good or bad they sound, it is just the fact that someone has taken the time to share themselves with the residents. It is heart warming to see their faces light up with smiles, and their toes tapping to the beat. The boys enjoy it as well, almost all of them show up for scouts the night that we go.
    4221 days ago
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