120 - Thankful for your talent

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I’m your host Tucker and this week is inspired by my recent Thanksgiving. Canadian Thanksgiving isn’t much different than what I can gather an American Thanksgiving is like. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie. Personally I don’t like pumpkin pie. I really like berry pies blueberry is by far my favourite.  

There’s no real story to thanks giving. No pilgrims coming to Plymouth Rock or anything like that. As far as I could ever tell it was just a to be thankful. 

So, normally we just eat too much and be a family. This year at my folks house we did a spontaneous "What are you thankful for?” Session. I’m not sure we’d ever done one before but we did one this year. There were the usual sorts of things you’d expect people to be thankful for. I'm thankful for my Family. I’m thankful for my friends. I’m thankful I live in a peaceful country.  I'm thankful Trump's not Canadian.

Then my brother says he's thankful for his talents. "I've really relied on them."

I'm thankful for my talents. Have you ever said that? Have you ever been thankful for the things you can do? 

Normally we're walking around wishing we could be better at this part or more skilled over here. Looking at other people's work and realizing we won't be able to do that level of work. 

What if though you were simply appreciative of the work you've done? Thankful for the time you've spent on your craft. Happy for what you have accomplished. 

That time you spend with yourself being frustrated because you couldn't figure out that guitar chord or couldn’t quite get the shading right on your painting. That appointment that you keep with yourself to do something for yourself. Be thankful for that. Even if that work is for someone else and you are getting money dor it. Be thankful for your talents. 

Your talents give you time with yourself just you and your hands. Just you and your quiet. Your talents allow you to create gifts for others. It allows you to embrace your passion and dive into what makes your brain tick. What gives you joy. Your talents can even bring in income if that's what you want. 

Your talents are amazing things. Other people may have similar talents and skills. May be able to do some of the things you do. They won’t though be able to do all the things you do. Won’t be able to see the world quite the way you do. They certainly won’t connect the same ideas together as you do. That means that your talent is yours alone. It’s your gift to yourself that you have developed and honed over time. Your talents and skills are as much a part of you as your speaking voice and your sense of humour. They make you who you are and allow to express your ideas and thoughts into the world. That is magical and you should thank yourself for that gift. If you don’t feel comfortable taking all the credit for your talents feel free to share a part of the credit with whomever you feel you should. Your parents. That high school teacher who gave you that piece of advice that one time. A hight power. God.

Whoever it is be thankful to them for a portion of you what you can do but realize that it’s your work and your dedication and your curiosity that has brought you where you are. 

Be thankful to yourself for doing the work to develop and enhance your talents and be thankful to your talents for allowing you to a truer version of yourself when you use them. 

Also, be thankful for blueberry pie because it’s amazing. 

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Thanks for listening and remember: you won’t get the art without the work and you won’t do the work without the spark.