Yesterday, while driving home, I listened to a radio interview with Rutina Wesley, discussing her lead role in a new series called Queen Sugar. True Blood fans might recognize her as Tara Thornton on that series. In speaking about her new role, she shared how it is a dream come true for her. At first, I thought, “yeah, yeah. She’s doing promotions. What else would she say?” But, then, she explained why.
Ms. Wesley stated that her character, Nova Bardelon, is (and I paraphrase) “5 things I am and 15 things I would like to be.” She also went on to say that she likes the character so much because Nova loves herself and does not shy away from or downplay her talents and gifts.
I was floored, to say the least.
Thinking on this, I was forced to think about my own life. I know that I am a very intelligent person. However, if someone tells me that, I tend to downplay it. I might shrug it off or change the subject, not wanting to appear anything other than humble. However, by doing so, I am hiding my light.
I believe everyone is given gifts. We can immediately think of entertainers and athletes whose talents we most easily recognize. But, what about the talent to teach? What about the talent to motivate others? Heck, what about the talent to serve? Don’t underestimate this ability. Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King, Jr. showed the world the power in this talent.
You have a gift and the world needs you to share it. It may touch the world or it may inspire the next person to do so. In any case, let it shine. The world could always use a little more light.