Since I’m on this tear about Nature and the Nature of things … The question of the Nature of Talent came to mind … Why, you might ask? Well, I’ll get to the “Seed … from which the question blossomed” in just a bit.
So I began to wonder what is Talent anyway? And where does it come from?
To tell you the truth … I wasn't really sure so in my inimitable style I checked the dictionary and this is what I found:
3. a gift of nature; talent; ability
1. a unit of weight or money used in ancient Greece, Rome, Middle East
2. natural ability or power; natural endowment
3. a special, superior ability in arts, learning, etc.
Talent – implies a native quality for a specific pursuit and connotes either that it is or can be cultivated by the one possessing it (a talent for drawing)
Gift – suggests a special ability that is bestowed upon one, as by nature and not acquired through effort (a gift for making plants grow)
Don't you find it interesting that historically Talent was defined as a unit of measure and used as a medium of exchange ... Only later on did it come to mean a natural ability.
And did you realize that there was a distinction (according to Webster anyway) between a Talent and a Gift? I know I didn't.
Both do suggest some kind of special, native ability ... and so the way I see it ... just as each and every one of us is unique and one-of-a-kind, so too are our Talents and Gifts …
I've always loved Martha Graham's description:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.The world will not have it.
It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open....whether you choose to take an art class, keep a journal, record your dreams, dance your story or live each day from your own creative source. Above all else, keep the channel open!!”
Part of our Nature as Human Beings is to have been endowed with unique Gifts and Talents … and these Talents and Gifts are an integral part of how our Divinity expresses itself.
“My divine essence calls me to participate in life by using the talents and gifts God has given me. It is my sacred responsibility to bring them forward ... By allowing my talents to blossom, I am an active participant in life. Included in the Plan of Creation …” Daily Word, Unity, Feb. 16, 2014
Here are two additional quotes that I really like:
“Our talents are the gift that God gives to us... What we make of our talents is our gift back to God” - Leo Buscaglia
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.” - Erma Bombeck
To Be Continued