Tuesday, April 10, 2012


*Author's note: ALL images in today's post are courtesy of Jessica Kory, of Jessica Kory photography.  Be sure to click on the link to visit her Facebook page for more samples of her work!

Who am I?
Each of us has gifts and talents.  The hard part is trying to figure out what they are.  Determining our individual talents is the key to successfully integrating into our communities and providing help and assistance when needed.  The old saying, “It takes a village" still holds true in today’s society, and each of us is responsible for finding our niche in our family, job, place of worship, and city.

What can I do?

Recognizing and encouraging individuality among community members is essential for a community’s survival.  Allowing individuals to express themselves in their own unique manner helps keep communities alive and flourishing instead of faltering from lack of innovative and progressive ideas for growth and improvement.

What if we see the world differently?

What if you see the world differently than others?  How does this help your community? 

We all possess different perspectives from which we view the world.  Some of us see things in numbers: these are the individuals who help maintain financial balance.  Some of us are able to use words to communicate the various needs of a community: these are the individuals who become our spokespeople.  Some of us have the ability to influence and motivate others to achieve personal and group success: these individuals are our leaders.  Some of us have the ability to find beauty in the everyday-ness of life and the world around us: these individuals are our artists.

All of us are important and integral parts of our communities, and our individuality helps enhance the lives of those around us.  No matter what our talents and gifts, we all need to actively participate in order to provide our communities with the tools they need to grow and thrive.  And, conversely, we all need to encourage each others’ individual contributions to our world in order that all feel welcome no matter what their role in society.

To each his own...

Do your thing, baby
What is your gift, or talent?  How have you used this talent to contribute to your community?  Have you ever felt your talent is useless or unnecessary?


  1. The photos are great; the photographer is definitely using her talents and gifts :)

    Good points you made here, it does take everywhere using their talents/gifts to make things work right so to speak. I know being involved in church like I am that we are equipped with all different gifts/talents to make the church work effectively. If we all use what we were given, things do get done better, quicker, without people getting burnt out, etc.

    My gifts, encouraging, giving, serving. I've used them all in varieties of ways over the years :)

    Have a great Tuesday!


  2. Individuality use to scare me when I was young and insecure but now I see it as a wonderful thing that only enhances my life! great post!

  3. Betty, I think church is one of the best illustrations of the importance of needing everyone to utilize their talents in order to keep things running smoothly. It is through my activities in church that I, too, became aware of the different talents I possess and learned how to encourage others to value their individuality, as well.

    Tracy,that is one of the drawbacks of being young, isn't it? We want so desperately to fit in, and anything that sets us apart as different is frightening and unwanted. I believe that as parents we have the ability to encourage our children to be appreciative and accepting of their talents, which will, hopefully, enable them to explore and celebrate their individuality before they become old (like us!)

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. so true, we all have talents and or gifts and sometimes they change---great post

  5. Thank you, Lynn. Sometimes the hard part is figuring out what the talents/gifts are, don't you think?

  6. Dawn,

    great post! I am a new follower and will be back to read more!


  7. i am an artist through and through. my talent is drawing(along with others)

    check out my blog at

    btw love the pictures!

  8. Great post. :) We all have our individual strengths!

    As for me, I'm still trying to find mine.

    The Golden Eagle
    The Eagle's Aerial Perspective

  9. I pretty much just "wing it" in the talent department, but always wished I could sing.

  10. Emily, I'm glad you liked the photos! Jessica is extremely talented. Golden Eagle, sometimes trying to figure out what our talents are is the most fun! CYW, YOUR role in society is to keep us laughing!! :-)
    So glad you all enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

  11. Those are some excellent photos!
    Look forward to your challenge run…
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  12. Thank you, Damyanti! I wish I had a gallery space for Jessica where she could display all her work. She is truly a gifted artist.