[Y]esterday, I was cleaning out the clutter in my kitchen when I noticed that a couple of spoons on the rack have began to form rust on the sides. I wanted to scratch of the rust and keep them but they were of an old set and since I had a lot of spoons I decided to get rid of them.
Later, in my reflections the images kept appearing in my head and I took the cue.
Everyone has a light, a shine, a beauty. Everyone has a talent, an ability, a certain uniqueness; something that lights up someone or a part of this world, something that makes the world a little better, and something that makes a difference in someone’s life.
However, a food, no matter how lovely it is, is useless, if not eaten. A bulb is only a piece of decoration if you don’t turn on the switch. A car makes no meaning if it doesn’t move. So, skills, abilities and talents cannot be significant on their own if their are not used. Even Jesus Christ said you don’t light a candle and put it under a bushel but on a candlestick so that it would light up the whole house.
And like those spoons, sometimes they lose their shine and begin to form rust. Just as practice makes perfect, lack of practice makes one clumsy. Just as rust degrades iron, so does one’s failure to use and improve on his abilities for everyone’s benefit become poison to him.
More often than not, fear of failure and self-doubt are responsible for these choices. The fear of failure is more damaging than failure itself. According to Theodore Roosevelt, it is hard to fail but it is worse never tried to succeed. This is true because according to Wayne Gretzky, you always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. All you need to do is to sum up courage and make that first important step.
Sometimes, expectations and pressure from family as well as societal factors force us to abandon the course of our passions and unique abilities. There’s something you need to understand. You have only one shot at life. So you’ve got to get it right. You cannot afford to live someone else’s life. No one has your exact same fingerprint. It means you have something peculiar to you.
If you do something you don’t have passion for, you lose your steam and slowly burn out. It eventually becomes a chore and you become increasingly resentful of it. It becomes poison to you. There’s always a way out if you’ve been stuck in something you don’t love and you’ll require courage to make that bold step.
Gorgio Armani is a household name in fashion. What a lot of people don’t know is that he spent two years in medical school before he joined the military. What if he had remained in the military or pursued a medical practice? Your guess is as good as mine.
So, don’t let rust form on you, don’t hide your candle under a bushel. Let it shine.
And the world would be better off for it.