TRY - Use What Talents You Possess

A parrot sat on a branch

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."
- Henry Van Dyke

I read this quote recently and found it so profound.



In my latest blog post i spoke about our need to create

I think that one of the main reasons that we do not pursue our creative inclinations is due to fear. Fear of inadequacy, fear of failure, fear of criticism.

I recently heard an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love. In the interview she asked a series of questions: when did you stop dancing? When did you stop drawing? When did you stop [insert whatever you once enjoyed here]? Chances are it was when you were no longer a child, when you started to care what people think.

We often don't want to add to the great noise of information and creation on the internet; we are afraid to share what we create. But nobody would say of the forest that too many birds sing, that the cacophony is too awful to bear.

I don't imagine this blog taking off anytime soon, and i don't mind if it doesn't. I feel grateful for the small readership I have of mostly friends and family. I write this blog to create, because i enjoy it. There are many (many, many) better bloggers than me, but if I let that put me off then I would never do anything.

In the same way I hope that you don't let fear stop you from doing, from creating.

May we overcome fear, may we recognise the small talents that we have, and may we try.

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