Perspective, personalities and talents are wonderful things. What one person enjoys, another does not. What one person struggles with, is the thing that will invigorate another person. One person’s challenge is another’s passion. This is what I find so fascinating about people in general. It is so amazing how we can be so similar, yet so different as well. On my door I have a poster that says “Celebrate Your Uniqueness!” This is a message that I have always tried to instill in my clients and students. The fact that we are all different is very incredible and so interesting. There is room for everyone and we definitely are all on the same team.
Clearly, we all bring our own unique talents and gifts to the table. A year ago I published my first book, Magic Kisses. Prior to that I was unsure of how to really bring my characters to life. My desire was to powerfully capture what I had written and convey the emotions of the characters clearly for the reader. It was a serious children’s book so cartoons in my opinion were not an option. Through a wonderful and dear photographer friend named Joan Omstead, the characters of Molly and Madison sprang to life in a beautiful and believable fashion. With every snap of her camera, in her gentle and compassionate manner she captured in one evening the vision of my heart for everything and more that I saw the book to be. I will never forget when she presented the photos to me for the first time. Carefully she had placed them in order according to the book’s plot and set them to a music in a breath taking and beautiful slideshow. As I viewed them I was literally speechless and immediately moved to tears. What a gift she had given me. Photography is clearly one of her greatest talents and we certainly celebrate that. Her active engagement in my project and thoughtful consideration of every photo she took, became the finishing touches to a book I so much wanted to bring to reality, and I am forever grateful to her.
Many projects or tasks that are important to us involve a team of people to make it move from idea to reality. Our church each year is involved with big community outreach projects where we provide special events and activities free of charge to our town. We have hosted public skating, spa days for single mothers, oil changes, photography services, gift baskets for new moms and babies and birthday parties for the elderly in nursing homes just to name a few. Church members are invited to select what interested them and it was amazing to see what a whole team could accomplish for our small town. Each person generally gravitated to what his or her interest or talent was and this was one of the reasons why the day was so successful. I was involved with delivering the gifts baskets to new moms and babies. The thrill for me was when I asked each new precious family if I could pray for them, and everyone said yes! What an opportunity to share God’s love in a special way! I thought that maybe this might be the first time anyone had prayed with these families. The person I was delivering the packages with was not comfortable with praying out loud with the families, but for me I was eager to do this. Another example of everyone being different, yet working together to be a blessing to others.
The word team has been said to mean “together everyone accomplishes more.” I truly believe that. The song from High School Musical comes to mind entitled “We’re All in This Together,” comes to mind. We were created as social individuals who were never meant to make a go in this world alone. We need each other and that is the way it should be. When we function together as a team, operating in the gifts that God has blessed us with we are truly successful. It is amazing what a team of dedicated people can accomplish who work together for a common goal. Look around you and see who you interact with each day? What can you offer to make their lives or their corner of the world a little brighter? Believe me it will come back to you because that is what true teamwork does. Remember we are all unique and different for a reason and what a true blessing that is when we really learn to celebrate that!
Until next time
1 Peter 4:10 ~ Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Little Lesson Learned: You are not me and I am not you. Isn’t that awesome? Celebrate that!
Copyright: littlelessonslearnedbydana, 2015