Use what talent you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best. ~Henry Van Dyke
Do you know what your gifts are? Many of us struggle with acknowledging when we are good at something, afraid of being thought boastful or ‘big headed’. Yet each of us has some innate talent at something. We just don’t always value our own.
We live in a society where it is hardly possible to escape a social media influencer or a TV celebrity of some kind yet many of us go though life blinkered to our own skills, talents and gifts. Many of the celebrities that we follow online or on TV struggle with confidence and anxiety though we would never realise it from the persona they present to the world. Do you have a professional face that you wear whilst in work?
How do you see yourself? Are you comfortable in your own skin, super confident or totally lacking in confidence?
What a joy it is when we reach a stage where we can be comfortable in our own skin, aware of our skills as well as our short comings and at peace with both.
Not that we should ever sit back on our laurels. As humans it is good for us to stretch ourselves and learn new skills as we grow and mellow. That could be something simple or something more complex, any new learning is encouraging and motivational if it’s done because we are interested in the topic or the activity rather than because it is forced upon us for some reason. There’s often part of a study or course that is much more difficult and tedious than the main learning, the bit that is necessary in order to fully grasp the topic but that often feels like a major chore to read through. Different writers have varying styles and some are so much more relatable than others but if we waited until we felt like experts before we engaged in an activity how much would we miss out on the enjoyment of participating?
As chaplains part of our role is to help you find ways of nourishing yourself, giving yourself time to explore what will help you to feel positive and hopeful in life. We are that listening ear that you can bounce thoughts, hopes or concerns onto. We can also sign-post you to organisations that provide extra support in a range of situations. We’re here most Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes to listen whatever you would like to talk about and if you just want to break up your day with a light-hearted conversation that’s great too. Have a blessed week.
If you don’t manage to catch up with a chaplain on site, as always you can contact us via email on email@example.com where you can request a call-back, or you are very welcome to call me (Debbie) directly on my mobile: 07526 378529 either to chat or to arrange a time to meet up with myself or one of the other chaplains.
We also have a range of resources on our web-site including some that are more specific to the Covid-19 outbreak and some that help in dealing with stress: https://mite.org.uk If you prefer you can easily keep in touch with us on social media: Facebook: @mitechaplaincy Twitter: @mitesthwarr