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100DC Day 71: Nurture Your Natural Talents

100 Day Challenge: Nurture Your Natural TalentsI grew up in a family that was big on music. My brother played trumpet, my sister played piano, my other brother played clarinet, and I played violin.

At 6:00 any given morning, you could hear us all in our various rooms practicing our various instruments. Later both my sister and I became singers and were both in the A Cappella Choir at BYU — the premier audition choir of that time — and I majored (for a time) in musical theater. (My sister and her husband are currently members of the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.)

I’m not sure how “natural” these talents were, but they were certainly developed with hundreds of hours of practice and hard work.

In spite of the whining and moaning and groaning my mother put up with, this is something I am incredibly grateful for. Music has blessed my life again and again. And now, as that love of performing arts is passed down to some of my children, it blesses a second generation, as it should.

Our utmost responsibility is to identify and nurture our natural gifts and talents.

Unfortunately, though, often when we think of talents — “natural” or not — we think of singing, dancing, acting, or playing an instrument. Or maybe we think of athletic prowess. But often the most useful and important talents are overlooked or unrecognized.

What are your natural talents? Consider these:

  • Listening to others
  • Making others feel comfortable
  • Seeing what needs to be done
  • Finding solutions to difficult problems
  • Remaining calm in a crisis
  • Forgiving and not carrying a grudge
  • Influencing others
  • Seeing things from an unusual perspective
  • Making others feel loved and included
  • Picking up new skills easily
  • Being generally happy
  • Making others laugh
  • Looking for the best in others or in situations
  • Nurturing
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Persistance

Talents exist in all areas of life and aren’t limited to the stage or court.

We all have gifts. I believe that is a blessing God has specifically offered to each of us. And any gift can be used for good or ill. When we find what our gifts are, it is imperative that we find how we can use those talents to bless and lift others, to do good, and to make the world a better place.

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  • Cristina March 12, 2013, 8:27 am

    A few minutes ago, I thought I was talent-less. I sing out of tune, dance with both left feet, can’t draw or paint. But seeing your “natural talent” list, I realized I do have talents somehow. Thanks for pointing that out 🙂
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  • BonnieBee March 12, 2013, 9:07 am

    All my life I have never really considered that I had any talents at all. But of course I do. Thank you for opening my eyes to the idea that talent is more than being on stage. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Alison Moore Smith March 12, 2013, 10:07 am

    Christina and BonnieBee, I am so glad the two of you posted these sentiments! That was exactly my hope! I sincerely believe that we all have talents that can bless others and make the world better — as well as helping us succeed in living our dreams. Sometimes it’s just a matter of identifying those strengths and playing to them. 🙂

    There are SO many more that could be listed. For example, I had a friend who could be genuinely happy (instead of jealous) when OTHER people had good fortune — even if that particular good fortunate was something she hoped for herself and didn’t have.

    That quality is so rare — even among good, decent people — that it always surprised me.

    Welcome to both of you. Thanks for reading.
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