Thursday, 4 February 2016

You can achieve through practise

I want to take up art again. 
I'm not even counting how many years it's been since I last gave it a go, but I am feeling the effects of a long time of neglect. It seems as though I will have to re-teach myself many of the skills I once had. Thankfully the Internet can make that job easier for me.

At first I felt down hearted that I'd lost another talent,  until I became conscious that I could use this situation to teach myself, and my kids a valuable life lesson.

I'm not somebody who has a gift at anything in particular. I'd call myself pretty average, and my old school reports, that my parents found, said the same. I wasn't the brightest at my grammar school, but I showed ability. With art, music, cooking etc I'm a jack of all, master of none. 

During my childhood and teenage years I settled for that, I settled for average, but I don't think we're supposed to. We all have within us the capabilities to improve and I believe that's what we're here to do. (For an inspiring story of someone who's following her dreams despite chronic illness read this post on ChloeClik Art)

I read about Heber J Grant, a latter day prophet, who mastered skills that he had little talent in, through hard work and determination. When he was boy he wasn't a great baseball player and was picked last for the baseball teams. so he saved up his money and bought himself a baseball and would practise for hours on the side of a barn. Eventually he was able to be on the winning teams for California, Colarado and Wyoming. As a youth he had a goal of being a bookkeeper. Good penmanship was expected of a bookkeeper, yet he had sloppy handwriting. Again he practised, and became so good he taught penmanship in the local school and achieved his goal of being a bookkeeper. One of his favourite sayings was That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do; not that the nature of the thing has changed, but our capacity to do has increased.”

We all have different strengths, different experiences and different opportunities, but we are expected to make the most of them. James E. Faust noted "Some of us are too content with what we may already be doing. We stand back in the “eat, drink, and be merry” mode when opportunities for growth and development abound".

Living with a chronic illness isn't what I'd call "eat, drink and be merry", however I can still use this time to my advantage by making the most of the hidden opportunities to grow and develop my talents. There are so many of you wonderful people who are already doing this and inspiring me to do the same. I need to remember to not give up when progress seems slow, but to carry on through, like the little engine saying "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can". 

Then maybe one day I'll be brave enough to share what I've produced :)

What's your story? Have you discovered a new talent after chronic illness? Have had to overcome obstacles? Or had to give up talents? Share your experiences in the comments below