Today I thought a bit about talent and gifts. And courage to pursue possibilities.
Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. – Henry Van Dyke
I wonder how many people are silent birds. And what they’ve experienced that has led them to choose to be silent. Lacked encouragement? Followed a well-trodden path? Crowded out by winners? Self-consciousness? Weighed down by commitments? Often we just need someone to believe in us – and that is enough for us to begin to sing. I’ve been fortunate – having people who believe in me.
Today I picked up a book that’s been On My Bookshelf, half-read. The Town Called Potential is an allegory written by Jack Vandermere. It has all the elements of a good fairytale. But beyond that, there’s plenty to be read between the lines. Which is why it’s taken me so long. Didn’t get much further – just 5-6 pages. But enough, because it was all timely. Again.
“The poor town people had no idea what to do. All they could hope for was a miracle, but these people were not really of the miracle-believing kind. Miracles, if they existed at all, were very unusual, and believing in them would certainly require unusual courage and faith in things unknown. They strongly believed that things unknown had better remain unknown. Even in the midst of trying circumstances, and especially in the midst of trying circumstances, they felt that it would be safest to hold on to those things they were certain of…”
“It is not for the nature of the storm, but for the nature of a man, to determine whether he will experience destruction or receive instruction. This, indeed, is effected by the choice of a man, but choose as he may, the storm will come.”
“Many are they who open their eyes in order to see what is in front of them, few are they who close their eyes in order to see beyond.”