Today I’m sharing an article that is usually only for my music students and parents from my music blog site. But I thought that everyone might like to read this one. Enjoy!
I just got off the phone with a customer service Rep. for the company where we purchased our bed. After carefully following the directions that were emailed to me and calling him back this morning, he gave me the nicest compliment! He said, “I see here that you have your own music business, what do you do?” I told him and he said, “No wonder then! You are the nicest and friendliest person and I know it’s because you teach.“
I never thought I was any different from anyone else, quite honestly. Doesn’t everyone speak nicely on the phone with customer service, especially when they are helping you with a replacement part? Isn’t everyone thankful and helpful? Doesn’t everyone follow through with instructions and try to do their best – even in a negative situation? He surprised me and I thanked him for the gracious compliment. Quite honestly, it made my day!
But it got me thinking. I said to Greg at the breakfast table this morning, “You know the saying: ‘those who can DO and those who can’t TEACH’ – do you think it’s true?” He thought for a moment and said, “No – not always. Sometimes people retire or chose not to DO anymore” Yes. That’s me. I choose to TEACH rather than perform, although I have done and still do my share of both. I realized long ago that I do not get the same thrill and energy from performing that others do – and knowing that I am quite comfortable coaching and teaching others to do that – if they choose to.
We all have gifts and talents that are God-given. Recognizing what they are sometimes take a whole lifetime – but it is worth exploring. In exploring and finding out what that is – we are happier and more fulfilled human beings. I knew long ago that my main gift is in encouraging others. I have a unique ability to see the positive. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had my share of negative things happen to me – but I have been able to come out of each situation with gratefulness and thankfulness because of how God designed me.
Maybe your gift is in leadership. Maybe it’s in hospitality. Maybe you are good with numbers. Maybe you have influence. Maybe you are gentle and meek. Maybe you are one who sees beauty in everyone. Maybe music is your love. Maybe taking pictures gives you energy. Maybe being on stage performing is where you were made to be. Find out what gives you energy and go in that direction.
There are no accidents. God made you the way you are for a reason. You are unique.