According to this writing prompt that I picked out the book 642 Things to Write About everyone has a special skill. Everyone. Including you.
On a day following a day when I felt about this big (put your forefinger and thumb about a millimeter apart) when it comes to understanding a certain aspect of my day job, knowing that I have a special skill is just what I needed to read. And it got me to thinking about you. –You being whoever is reading this blog post and what your special skill is.
Anyway, getting back to this special skill notice. We all have one. Me, you, our neighbors, the postman, and even the guy driving in the car next to you on the highway.
What’s your special skill? Maybe you have more than one. If you’re having trouble coming up with one, ask someone you know what they think it is. I’ve found that asking a kid a question like this will usually result in the most honest answers. Kids are like that…except when they’ve eaten the last cookie. Then, they’re special skill is being able to lie through their teeth while crumbs are covering their chubby little cheeks.
As you mull over your special skill, try to refrain from identifying a self-deprecating skill. None of this: I’m great at being negative or I’m great at being late to all the important appointments in my life. After all, if someone asked you what their special skill is, would you give them some kind of snarky comment in response? Probably not.
So, don’t give yourself a snarky comment in response to identifying your special skill. Just admit that you have one already. It’s okay –everyone else has one too!
When you figure out what your special skill is, celebrate it a little bit. Have a cookie –assuming the kid in your life hasn’t eaten the last one. Take a nice walk and enjoy the weather. Pick up your favorite book and read for a few minutes. Do something to celebrate being you.