Cultivate Your Talents, Always Have the Advantage

Samuel Johnson gives us the last quote this week on talent, he said, “There must always be some advantage on one side or the other, and it is better that advantage should be had by talents than by chance.” We can cultivate our talents and then we always have the advantage – it’s my challenge to myself and all of us today.

Today’s story is about someone who used her talent – then it shifted – and she went with the flow…

At age fourteen, Andrea Jaeger won her first professional tennis tournament. At eighteen, she reached the finals at Wimbledon. Then at nineteen, a bad shoulder problem all but ended her career. Many a world-class athlete may have become bitter or discontented with life at that point. Jaeger, however, turned her competitive spirit to a new endeavor – a nonprofit organization called Kids’ Stuff Foundation that attempts to bring joy to children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Her work there also has inspired her to take correspondence courses in nursing and child psychology.

Jaeger not only created the program, but runs it full-time, year-round, unpaid. “I’m inspired by these brave kids, and humbled,” she has said. “They lose their health, their friends, and sometimes their lives. And yet their spirit never wavers. They look at life as a gift. The rest of us sometimes look at ourselves as a gift to life.”

“You get very spoiled on the tour,” she adds with a twinkle in her eye. “The courtesy cars, the five-star hotels, the thousands of people clapping for you when you hit a good shot. It’s easy to forget what’s important in life… I forget it a lot less lately.”

Today, remember that your life is a gift. Your children are a gift. Your spouse is a gift. Your extended family and friends are a gift. And don’t miss the other gifts (and talents) God sends your way – especially those in need. The opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life is truly a gift from God.

You Create Your Day by the way You Think! Be Present!
Go make it a Magnificent Day!

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Shawna Schuh, CSP

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~ by Shawna Schuh on July 3, 2009.

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