Redirect Your Focus!
Written by Stephanie Chuks (Contributor)
My handwriting is terrible. In fact, it is the worst I have seen so far. Funny enough, it looks like it’s becoming worse every day. I have been insulted, laughed at, bullied for as long as I can remember because of how bad it is.
When I was younger, my dad would express his dissatisfaction over it each time he was teaching me. My lesson teacher didn’t act any differently neither did my school teachers. My friends never asked for my notes because there was no point– even I couldn’t understand my own handwriting for the most part.
Eventually, as the years went by, I gave up on writing. I preferred conveying my message by speaking. Writing became annoying and boring to me. It was frustrating to not be able to read what I had written. Worse, I was tired of all the complaints I was getting. Then, all of a sudden, it happened! And no, it’s not what you think— my handwriting didn’t get better– it was something else.
I realized that typing could work in my favour. I got positive feedback from those who read my write-ups. It felt so good. It dawned on me that I had been focusing on my limitations in the ‘act’ of writing that I lost sight of my strength in the ‘art’ of writing.
Now, my writing may not look good on paper but I am great at putting my words in writing (by typing of course :D). It all made perfect sense. You see, where there is a will, there is a way. Whoever said this was absolutely correct.
Many times we focus so much on the negativity that surrounds our gifts that we lose sight of the wealth of potentials that are within those gifts. What is that thing you do that people always complain about? Here’s a shocker! It could be a pointer to your potential.
Do people make fun of the way you sing? Don’t stop singing. Find a way around it to become better. Do they say you talk too much? You’re a potential public speaker or even a radio presenter. They may say you know too much. You probably do. You are a potential teacher.
It takes only a few with an unusual eyesight to see beyond the mud of your gift and dig out the gold in it. What people complain about you may be a blessing in disguise. They are only looking at the dirt around it while neglecting the gold that is hiding beneath.
Rather than going into your shell, give your unique self another chance. It could be a pointer to what you are supposed to be doing on earth.
Question: How do you intend to redirect your focus ? Drop your comments. Share your thoughts.
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