s already explained, the world operates on the principle of seeds. All around us, there are seeds that we can use in order to gain the fruits that we are always looking for. The world works in such a way that we have to use raw materials that are available around us to produce. The produce that we get is supposed to not only sustain us, but also impact and influence others.
You have probably read the book, “Acres of Diamonds” by Russ Conwell. He tells of a story of someone who sold his land and traversed the globe looking for diamonds. Whoever bought the piece of land found diamonds lying on the surface. Russel started delivering that talk over and over again. From that seed of that concept of Acres of Diamonds, he built Temple University. Perhaps no story espouses the message of seeds as the story of Temple University.
Over the past several articles, we have talked about the critical importance of changing our mentality about the seeds around us. [ictt-tweet-inline]Much as we are looking for fruits, life solves our biggest itch by not providing the fruit, but by providing the seeds. [/ictt-tweet-inline]Life provides a tapestry of tools, environments, connections and everything that is needed in order that the seeds would flourish. For some reason, life looks at us not as consumers first, but as producers who consume only after producing. Isn’t that interesting?
I dare say that if we approached life from a producer mentality, we will recognize the abundance of options that we have around us. However, for as long as we look at life from the angle of what can we eat from it immediately, we tend to overlook our “Acres of Diamonds”, lying on the surface all along.
Over the past several articles we have talked about the following types of seeds that exist in our environments:
Perhaps the most overlooked “Acres of Diamonds” in the world today is people’s gifts and talents. I have been there before. I knew that I could write and work with words when I was in Primary School. What did I do with that gift or talent? I put it on the back burner, perhaps with the inherent knowledge that had been hammered into me that I must “finish” school. School can be a great disservice if all it does is stifle someones gifts or talents or fails to recognize them or even cultivate them. I am here to submit that our gifts and talents ought to be the raw materials that school uses to build us and educate us.
Well, it seems like we are more interested in the completion of the curriculum, covering “subjects” and all. Do not get me wrong. I will not be one of those people that shout about the atrocities of school while at the same time using the knowledge and tools that school provided me with. My point is simple and straightforward. School itself is a seed. The problem is that we are treating school and it’s by product as if it is a fruit.
Did you know that there is a very large percentage of people that do not know that they are gifted? Did you know that a natural or spiritual gift or talent is the primary indicator that you are a person of purpose? Let me illustrate. If I wanted you to be an excellent communicator, I would probably gift you with the garb of the speech. I will make you an Obama or an Martin Luther King Jnr or a John F Kennedy or a Thomas Mboya. If I wanted you to be a musician, I would give you the gift of music. It goes without saying.
That gifts and talents are seeds is something that I am totally convinced about. I am not talking about things we like or are “passionate” about. For example, I am passionate about singing but can I sing like Donnie McClurckin? Condoleeza Rice realized that she was passionate about music because her parents were musicians. However, it was not her gift. Pitted against other kids, she realized that what she toiled to do was pathetic in the wake of what other kids did naturally.
For as long as you have any of these misconceptions, you will fail to see that gifts and talent are seeds to your greatness. Today, the bulk of my time is spent working with words. I read, I write, I speak. I communicate. That is what I am naturally gifted with. Never mind that I have a Higher Diploma in Management Information Systems…and I learnt how to program using Visusal Basic For Applications…that just increased my head knowledge and my capacity to think. My seeds though are in crafting words. Working with words. Inspiration. Motivation. Intrigue. Solutions. Education.
What gifts do you reckon you have been bequeathed with?