I had such a lovely conversation with my mum today. She is quite an extraordinary woman as I have mentioned many times before. Her little gems of wisdom kept me sane through those early childhood years when you are sleep deprived and going a little bit crazy. Well, today we talked about something special.
We literally talked about “something special”. We discussed how wonderful it is to feel the joy that comes from having something special just for you. And how important it is to foster this for yourself and, as parents, for your children.
I realised the other day that I have a fundamental belief, which I obviously got from my parents, that we all have something that makes our heart sing, or we have a natural talent that is near effortless for us but potentially difficult for somebody else. We are all unique.
You can stop calling for the bucket to throw up into, I am serious! I have a bit of a natural talent for group facilitation – I can admit it, I am a big girl. I also have a determination to achieve my goals which comes from being the third child with two academic over achieving older sisters. I decide I am running a marathon and yes, I run a bloody marathon.
There is a wonderful joy when you find this something special and make it part of your life. I think we all need to make sure that we find time to do at least a little of what we love or have a talent for in amongst everything else that we need to get done. I am so lucky that one of the things that makes my heart sing is running. It is pretty easy to accommodate that in my life. I feel sorry for the person whose heart resonates only for Hayley’s Comet or the foot prints of a white rhinoceros.
I also take note of what my children love to do and potentially what might grow into a special knack. It is so wonderful to feel their joy of experience too.
So what is your natural talent and do you use it? What makes your heart sing?