I have had two conversations recently regarding the gifts and talents people have.
In one conversation, I was admiring the craftiness of a co-worker's daughter.
There have been many times when I have had the desire to possess the talent to create crafts. I admire those who scrapbook and those who are able to create something beautiful out of knick-knacks that I would otherwise have envisioned in my trash can.
There are a great number of people with whom I come in contact that possess a visually artistic gift.
I would love to envision something out of "nothing."
But, as another person pointed out in the second discussion this week, I possess another gift, the ability to put pen to paper.
The person was pleasantly surprised at how I had gleaned the positive aspects of a situation, rather than focusing on the negative. A presentation had been given, and in reporting on it I found positives to include in the story.
In the story, I included some of the negatives shared in the presentation. Also included was the fact that the presenters had learned something and felt there could be positives from which to draw.
Ultimately, that is what I believe we all experience on a daily basis...we have situations that can be construed as negative. However, we can draw from the positive aspects of those situations and learn, becoming stronger individuals in the long run.
The same can be said of crafts and other arts...a person takes what has been possibly a negative (my trash) and makes it into something beautiful, just as I try to do when I craft my news articles.