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A Key to Happier Days

July '15

The other night I was watching a replay of an interview with author E.L. Doctorow, when Charlie Rose posed an interesting question.

“Why do you write?” Charlie asked.

“Because I’m good at it,” E.L. replied.

Charlie grinned, leaned forward, and said, “I once asked Ted Williams, ‘Why baseball?’ (As opposed to football, or basketball or some other sport.) And he said, ‘Because I’m good at it.’ ”

(In case you’re not a Red Sox fan, Ted Williams was considered one of the greatest hitters of all time.)

How about you? Do you know what you are you good at? Why not pause for a moment and simply answer the question – i.e. make a list of your gifts. Was that easy for you? I hope so, because an awareness of these innate talents that lie at the core of your being can make a powerful difference in your own life and in the lives of the people around you.

For example, if you find yourself bored silly at work, you’re probably not called upon to use your gifts every day. Should you decide to change that job, an awareness of your gifts can guide your job hunt and ensure that your talents are in demand for your new position.

And the world needs those talents of yours. Engaging those gifts not only leads to your personal happiness, but also makes the world a better place.

But what if those talents didn’t fall off your tongue quickly? If you were left wondering what your gifts might be, don’t be surprised. They come so naturally and automatically, you can fail to notice them. You assume everyone can do those things that come so easily to you, so you undervalue them and take them for granted,

If you’d like a greater understanding of your own special talents, my 9-week, journaling eCourse, Reinvent Your Life ~ Write Now provides writing prompts that will enable you to uncover that genius of yours and find ways to put it to work during Weeks 4 & 5. You can click or tap here to learn more.

And be sure to share those gifts of yours!

P.S. If you’d like to share your gifts and/or the ways you’ve found to express them, I’d love to hear from you.





  1. Roberta Taylor said on August 6, 2015:

    I was in my 50s before I realized that my success was really caused by the thing I loved to do most – learn more about the person I was with, which I considered to be a side effect of my job, not the real job itself. Since then I do the most I can to offer an ear to those who need to talk about the things that matter most to them. it is a very satisfying place to be.

  2. Bonnie said on August 30, 2015:

    What a lovely thought, Roberta!

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