You Are Gifted
This is a story within a story, that starts out from a wholesaler
in New York who
sent a letter to the postmaster of a small mid-western town.
He asked for the name of an honest lawyer who would take a
collection case against a local debtor who had refused to
pay for a shipment of the wholesaler's goods. He got this reply:
Unlike the postmaster, not many of us are multi-talented.
We cannot do ALL things
well, or even fairly well. You may be a skilled chef, for
example. Or, on the other hand, your motto may be more like
mine: "Where there's smoke, there's dinner."
I am the postmaster of this village and received your letter.
I am also an honest lawyer and ordinarily would be pleased
to accept a case against a local debtor. In this case,
however, I also happen to be the person you sold those
crummy goods to. I received your demand to pay and refused
to honor it. I am also the banker you sent the draft to draw
on the merchant, and I sent that back with a note stating
that the merchant had refused to pay. And if I were not, for
the time being, substituting for the pastor of our local
church, I would tell you just where to stick your claim."
As gifted as the great mathematician was, even Albert
Einstein experienced feelings of inadequacy. In 1948 Einstein
was offered the first presidency of the new nation of Israel.
He turned it down with this statement: "I know little about
the nature of people.... And I am saddened and ashamed
that I cannot accept it.... I lack both the natural aptitude
and the experience to deal properly with people."
Einstein knew plenty about the nature of the universe, but
this wise and sensitive man also knew that he lacked the
necessary political skill for such a demanding position. Is
there really any shame in knowing our limitations?
Einstein focused on that which he did well and the world
is the better for it. Madame Marie Curie said, "Life is not
easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance
and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe
that we are gifted for something and that this thing must
Be confident! You may not recognize it, but you are gifted
for something! Whether it be big or small, do what you are
gifted to do and you will be happy.
[ Author Unknown -- from Keith Todd -- Ed:Anon. ]
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