Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. During the past several weeks I have written a series of articles surrounding dreams, goals and milestones Achieving Milestones while Living with a Disability, Dare to Dream Dreams and then Following those Dreams, Being Led Beyond My Understanding and Accomplishing Goals and Baking Cakes.
In my experience, I waited for many years to be recognized for what I could bring to the table of life through my gifts, talents and abilities. In many ways, I felt like a student in the back of a classroom who kept raising his hand hoping to be called upon to give the answer. Sadly, no matter how many times I raised my hand, my desire to use my gifts, talents and abilities my efforts were ignored.
Not only did I find my efforts ignored, I found that my attempts to use my gifts, talents and abilities were practically minimized, marginalized, dismissed and discounted. In many ways, my attempts to use my gifts, talents and abilities were met like a child being told to sit down and shut up. For many years, I allowed these tones to set my course and I remained discouraged.
In my experience, I reached a point in time when I realized that I simply was not going to be called on to give the answer. When I realized that I was not going to be called on, I realized that I needed to take steps to answer the question (s) that I felt needed to be answered. With my awareness, I realized that I could no longer wait for someone to call on me to answer the question.
I realized that I needed to answer the question (s) to which I felt needed to be answered through using my gifts, talents and abilities. I realized that I needed to stay committed to the process regardless of whether I was told – through being minimized, marginalized, dismissed and discounted – to sit down and shut up.
My encouragement to you my friend; is, if there are people — who though their actions are telling you to sit down and shut up – consider the possibilities. Stand up and speak out. Do not give up on your dreams. Discover ways to use your gifts, talents and abilities in ways that work for you – to answer the question (s) that you feel need (s) to be answered and stay committed to the process.
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