“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” ~ Benjamin Franklin
How successful have you been at employing your talents in relation to your friends, family, associates and beyond? No matter what you have or haven’t done in your life, what you’ve completed or left undone, you still have your tomorrows.
Some people spend their lives regretting days gone by, while others constantly relive the past, as if the present and the future had no chance of delivering fulfillment. When you awaken each day, do you specifically and deliberately incline your body, mind and heart to the current of victory? Do you say to your world: “I shall be a blessing today”? Do you rise with the intent to shine, or do you grope your way into the daylight with a heavy heart, cloudy mind and a sluggish body?
Life is too short to spend even a moment in self-pity, hatred, complaint, despair, anger or vengeance. Every moment you waste is not just a moment lost, in fact, it is a moment lost, plus another lost in opportunity cost, followed, no doubt by two or three moments spent trying to make up for lose time. So, every moment you waste is not one, but four or five. And that’s a conservative estimate.
No one has control over the quality of your expression or the degree to which you utilize your talents, but you. If you give and do your best, making full use of the talents at your disposal, you will have no need to bemoan your circumstances or blame others for any shortcomings in circumstance you might encounter. Others may let you down on occasion and you might occasionally be dealt a bad hand, but to whine about it is pointless.
The intrepid soul embraces trials and tribulation with the same enthusiasm and effortless flair as he meets the easier moments in life. He declares “I can” when others less willing to put themselves out there say “I’d try, but I’m afraid.” He insists “We shall overcome” when the future looks grim, the options are slim or the outlook is dim. He makes himself available to all the power in the universe by offering an untroubled heart, a mind conscious of right and a body poised for action.
If you feel your yesterdays could have been better, that you could have done better, relaxed more deeply, given more freely of your talents, be sure to use the energy that would otherwise be spent in the generation of meaningless regrets about the past as fuel for a more brilliant, dynamic, balanced and targeted expression of your talents in relation to your tomorrows.