Sept. 2, 2014 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


serenity prayer 2Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

Many people think they can’t paint, but I think everyone has artistic ability of some kind.
— Eva Wines

Many of us probably don’t agree with Eva, particularly if we haven’t tried to paint or weave or write or throw pots. We mistakenly think that others have talent, never ourselves, but that’s because we misunderstand what talent means. Talent is really just an inclination; it develops from a desire to pursue some activity that we then proceed to cultivate with a passion. It’s not mysterious. It doesn’t just happen. We persevere because we feel good when involved in the activity. When we define talent this way, we realize how right Eva is. It’s just that many of us haven’t followed our passion yet.

Coming to understand that we do, indeed, have talent, that it has simply lain dormant until now, is perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of our lives presently. If we haven’t yet realized this, dare to believe it now. It will change every minute of the rest of your life.

Today is a good day to pursue one of my dreams.

From the book:

Keepers of the Wisdom by Karen Casey

Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey

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