“Use what talents you possess; the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”

—Henry van Dyke

Quote posted 5 years ago by Vanessa H. (for everyone)
  • 5 years ago, Patrick H. said,
    It is a blending of all that makes it all worthwhile
  • 5 years ago, Sheila T. said,
    Exactly. So don't just use your talents; try doing new things that you are not talented at as well. 'Use what talents you possess and work to develop talents that you do not possess now, but may or may not possess in the future.' No one starts out perfect, and no one ever becomes perfect. We just work to get as close to perfection as possible. (To be honest, no one is ever the all time best at anything, anyway.)
  • 5 years ago, Vanessa H. said,
    Yes I agree, people do tend to do the things they're good at, and gravitate towards careers (for example) that best match their skills. For me this quote was more about participating in life fully, not held back by the fear of being less than the best (the fear that comes with perfectionism or of being judged). So go ahead and sing at church even if your voice is only OK; join the sport team, participate in a public debate, bake a cake, apply for a new and challenging job; offer up what you do have rather than stand back and let only 'the best' do it.
  • 5 years ago, Sheila T. said,
    Interesting. But if the birds use their talents, then those who sing best will be singing. Otherwise we are talking about untalented birds. The same goes for people, no matter what the talent is.
  • 5 years ago, anony S. said,
    you are a child of the universe just as much as the seas and the stars you have a right to be here... desiderata say is more fully

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