Today I came home to talent on my table. My neighbor hand crafts baskets with intricate weaving and design. As a gift, she created a beautiful basket for me with twelve photo slots to hold a variety of Shawn’s best photography.
In my previous life, the one where Shawn was living right beside me, I remember defining talent by skill. He was a talented musician, skilled at guitar, singing and possessing amazing rhythm; an attribute I believe he inherited from his Jamaican heritage.
In my current life, the one I live day by day after enduring traumatic loss and forging forward, I see talent gently woven with kindness, similar to the basket I given as a gift.
Our aptitudes are blended with our passions allowing us to use our abilities to bless others when we choose to share our thoughtfulness and compassion. This is how talent becomes a gift. Once the gift is received, the talent becomes a treasure. One that both the giver and receiver will never forget.
One look at this brilliant basket and I immediately think of my artistic neighbor and how her talented kindness carried me to a better place the day she decided to share her gift with me.