Has the most important thing you’ve read recently come from a book — non-fiction, a novel, or a short story — a newspaper or magazine article, a blog post, the lyrics to a song, a poem, or a note from a friend? Or, perhaps, some other medium?
And, what has it been about? The pandemic? Politics? The economy? Or has the most important thing been about a passion of yours? Or has it taken you deeper into a hobby? Possibly it’s something a friend wrote you via snail- or e-mail. Or, maybe it’s been about something completely different.
Lastly, have you done anything differently because of what you’ve read?
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; humility one of the seven virtues. But it isn’t bad to have pride in the work that you do, is it? Certainly false humility can’t be good. Which one fits you best?
This week’s question, “How are you self-sufficient?” is in contrast to last Sunday’s “How do you depend on others?” What skills, knowledge, or talent allows you to work on your own?
It’s difficult to imagine many people being entirely self-sufficient. We rely on each other for so many things, not the least of which is basic human companionship.
However, it’s also true that some people are self-starters. They naturally find a motivation to do things, without others showing them how.
Alternately, some skills or hobbies allow for self-sufficiency. If you can knit, you can make your own clothes. If you garden, you can grow your food. Musicians or writers can create their own entertainment.
In what ways are you able to stand on your own? To not depend on others?
It is important to know where your weaknesses lie, so that you can improve upon them. However, it is just as important to understand what you do best, so you can capitalize on that strength.
Do you know what you are best at? You might be good at many things; you might be good at few. But of all the things you do, there is something that you do better than anything else. What is it?
Knowing what it is that you excel at can be very powerful. It allows you to tailor your life accordingly, so that you can maximize your impact on the world. Your job, your friends, your hobbies, your life partner — knowing your strengths might impact all these choices.
Of course, there may also be other factors to consider as well. What you enjoy the most is important, and isn’t necessarily the same (although it might be). Other things to consider might be areas of greatest need, or, earning potential.
At any rate, knowing where your skills lie can help you to live a more fulfilled life. What do you do best?