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Journal of gratitude, entry #20: my talents and abilities
30 rock, lemon holiday
Let me tell you, folks, that doing this gratitude marathon has definitely tested my sense of gratitude. You'd think that daily writing about something you are truly grateful for would make you even more grateful, but, for some odd reason, it's had the opposite effect on me. Maybe it's just because of other stuff, but it's not always easy to be grateful. Anyhow, today is Day #20. I'm grateful for my talents and abilities.

I'm just going to be upfront about this right now: I have been feeling kind of useless lately. And while I'm used to dealing with the sadness that will sometimes creep up on me for a couple of days here and there, it's lasting longer this time. This makes it a little harder to be grateful for my talents and abilities, because I have been doubting myself and my abilities lately.

I know I have some awesome talents, but that doesn't keep me from missing the ones I used to have.

Anyhow, I have some truly great talents and abilities. I'm able to talk with almost anyone comfortably. I make friends easily, and I love people. I consider these talents to be foremost among my assets.

I also have a little talent in writing. I have a penchant for book smarts -- i.e. I know how to get good grades. I'm not bad at math, and I love learning all kinds of stuff.

I have the ability to play the harmonica, which is really fun (for me, anyway; not so much for the people listening to me). I have the ability to whistle quite well.

I also have the ability to fulfill my responsibilities to my utmost. I take every job I get seriously, and I do whatever it takes to make sure it's done to the best of my ability.

I have a little talent in Microsoft Paint, making people name doodles for their birthdays.

I have the ability to be happy and joyful for others whenever they do or experience something exciting, good or awesome.

I hope this comes across modestly. I hate to seem like a braggart or like I think I'm all that, because I don't. What I do, I believe anyone would do in my same situation. I don't think I'm doing anything out of the ordinary. Anyhow, I am lucky to have so many amazing talents and abilities! I am grateful for them, and for those around me who allow me to grow and to develop them.

Here is an example of one of my name doodles. I drew this one for myself.