Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Recognizing the gift

Last week following the death of Coretta Scott King, I heard Maya Angelou speaking on public radio about their friendship. She talked about talent and choosing how to use it, referring first to Mrs. King's enormous musical ability and training, and then, to the path she took when she embraced the civil rights movement.

I was maneuvering in traffic and missed some of her words. Suddenly, I heard her say, "It takes courage to live with the talent God has given you." I pulled off the street to write it down.

Sometimes the greater talent given is not the obvious one nor the easy one. It is something to think about.

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