I was watching a TV special on ‘deserts’ the other night. It explained how some deserts rarely get any rain in years, and yet when they do – dormant seeds, buried in the sand, come alive and sprout beautiful colored flowers. These seeds wait patiently for the opportunity to express themselves, and when that opportunity comes – they are ready!
I asked myself, “How long do I wait before I express something that is beautiful and new, something that is lying dormant inside of me? What opportunities have come and gone, and I fail to notice?”
Years ago, I met John. He is a professional pianist, and gives piano lessons on the side. I began taking piano lessons from him and enjoyed making up my own jazz riffs. I got pretty good at it. I didn’t know I had that in me.
A few years back I saw an ad – ‘begin cooking for yourself’. Evening classes were beginning at a local restaurant, given by the chef. I took the classes and began experimenting with new recipes (rather than my standards), at home. I became a pretty good cook. I didn’t know that this talent was lying dormant inside of me.
What newness might be waiting to express through you? What opportunities have you allowed to pass by; opportunities that invited you to try something new and discover hidden talent lying dormant in you?