Every now and then something crops up within the group which will spark an off-topic discussion. This week we’ve had one of those every-now-and-then times.
The subject? Strengths. Prompted by Rich Schefren’s release of the ‘Missing Chapter.’
Some in the group doubted whether they had any usable strengths, some of us realised we had lost sight of our strengths whilst spending so much time trying to improve on our weaknesses.
It was after the discussion that thoughts and memories came flooding back to me. Things I had packed into a dusty corner of my mind; memories so long forgotten, I had forgotten I had even forgotten them.
If you pause for a moment and in the stillness look back, can you recall the things you were good at as a child? Have you taken those things with you into adulthood or were they packed away never to see the light of day again?
For me it was music. I used to play musical instruments as a child but then life got serious. I went to the grammar school, don’t you know, and grammar school girls didn’t waste time on music (at least not in my day!)
I think perhaps these early skills we show are better described as talents. They are things on which we can build, if given the opportunity, and then they become strengths.
Instead of doing that we are so often directed to strengthen areas in which we have no talent. Poor at maths at school? You get extra tuition! Why is not OK to be poor at math when you excel at something else?
Will you take a moment to remember what it is you’ve forgotten you’ve forgotten? Will you share it with us if you remember?