Everyone is good at something. We are all gifted in some way. Cary Tennis writes about supporting your gifts in the June 2012 issue of The Sun magazine:
There are “historical and moral parameters in which a creative person confronts his or her fears and decides how to proceed. There is torture and genocide and evil. And there is personal embarrassment and humiliation.
This is not saintly. There is practical value in it. Considering the suffering of others helps us forget our own fears as we go onstage or send out our writing. So take your embarrassment and fear lightly. Think of the greater world. Think of your ancestors and the generations to follow. Think of your gift.
With your gift comes a duty, in both senses of the word: and obligation, and a special tax levied on something of value brought in from afar.
There is no escaping this, so you might as well accept it now. If you turn away from your creative gift, it will not go away. It will just fester, and you will become depressed.
You may have a modest gift. Still, it is a gift. It is not yours; it is entrusted to you. It is something beyond you, something you didn’t cause to come into being, but something that was handed to you. It is a gift, and with it comes a duty. Carry it lightly, but carry it.”
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