What Is Your Footprint Like?

When we walk the earth, we can leave a footprint of what our worth to others is. The footprint is not actually an impression in mud that can be so easily washed away. The imprint is what we leave in the minds and in the hearts of others whom we interact with along the way. And quite often it is what we did for them that makes us memorable.

You know people whom you have never personally met, who have passed from this earth long ago, and yet it’s still their deeds that are the cause of how you remember them. George Washington, who helped found our country and was our first president. You may remember Alexander Graham Bell when you make a phone call. You may think of Steve Jobs, who helped bring new ideas in computing and entertainment into our world. These three people and thousands more are remembered for the work that they had done with and for others.

We need to consider what the footprint we leave behind will look like. It has been said that most people cannot remember further back than their great-grandmother. This is because family generations farther back either had very little or absolutely no interaction with those family members of today. Unless you had a direct connection with Margaret Wummer, you probably would not know her. Although she did incredible things, raising her children and grandchildren, helping in her church, and generously donating to her community.

It is essential for us not to keep our talents bottled up within us. For we are here to work as a team and to grow as cultures and societies. The more we do, the more we touch other people. And, the more connections we have, the more likely we are to be remembered. It is vital to work with others both for their sake and definitely for ours.

Keeping your talents to yourself means that you are the only one who ever benefits from them. That means that you have a lot of good in you, which is never seen or used. People like to talk about the positives in life around them. They also have a tendency to gloss over the ordinary things and those that are minorly annoying.

I’m not saying we all need to invent the computer or the telephone. Also, I think we might get in trouble if we try to establish our own country. Yet, we can do what we can do to help others. And that is important because we know that there are times when we will need help ourselves. We are not trading, we are sharing. And I believe that’s why talents are given to us to start.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Share Your Talents

Everyone has a talent. It may be carpentry or welding. You might have a talent for making money or making others feel good about themselves. It could be that you know how to help somebody feel better. You could help somebody do more with their lives. You may be the one person who can bake the perfect loaf of bread. The real talent of each person is different depending on our interests, our beliefs and our caring, yet we all have a talent.

So, the question is not if you have a talent or not. The question is, what are you going to do with your talent? It’s hard to bury a talent, although I imagine some people try. You can hide talent, and yet that does no one any good. Talents are only useful when shared. And, when an ability is shared, it is good for everybody.

When a person shares their talent, the people whom they share with feel better. The people are better whether the talent gives them friendship, hope, caring, happiness, humor or some other emotion, talents bring people a positive and visceral emotion on an authentic level. It seems as though the more unexpected the talent, the more profound the motion.

Some talents are like diamonds, they need to be found, cut and polished. Some talents are as free and easy as a soft breeze or a beautiful sunset. There is never a talent that is too little to be shared, and there is never one so large that it has to be kept at bay. And the funny thing about talent is that every time one is shared, they grow, and never are depleted.

Talents are never forced upon others. Talents are merely given freely. And those who truly need and desire what the talents offer will readily pick up on them. Not every talent is for every person every time. Yet, at some point, people will need the talents that you have to offer.

Stand forth when you feel the need and share of that which you have. And please do not be surprised, when you see the goodness that your talent does for others. Also, do not be surprised when you see the happiness and good feeling your talent returns to you.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.