16 April, 2012

Day 16 - My Special Gift

I have always believed that each one of us has a special gift or talent which is very unique to us.  I believed that, in a way, we are like the superheroes that we grew up admiring - possessing an awesome ability which one would rarely find with normal humans.  And like a superhero's mission, we also were given the task to use our core gift to save the world - or rather to bless more people and attract prosperity.

I just graduated from preschool when I had my first encounter with my special gift.  Back then I wasn't sure if my teachers considered timidity as intelligence because surprisingly I graduated with the highest honor in my batch.  Consequently I was asked to deliver a valedictory address in front of my classmates, my teachers, my parents, my classmates' parents and everyone attending our graduation rites.  I couldn't remember how I felt during the time.  I might have been nervous before I gave the speech which my aunt wrote for me.  But I could recall that it was the first time I was the given the chance to speak in front of the public.

The next encounter came in sooner.  I was in grade 3 and I just transferred school.  When the time came to choose on who should represent the class for a declamation contest, I was easily volunteered by my classmates and I felt I had no choice but to pick up the challenge.  I memorized the piece "The Guilty Child" and had my english teacher as my coach.  We practiced almost everyday and even during weekends.  Unfortunately, I did not get to take home the trophy that time.  It felt awful.  I remembered how I could not get tears to come out of my tear ducts when I was reciting the piece (to make my delivery more convincing) but when the moment my opponent was announced as the winner it became effortless for me to cry a bucket.  I never thought I would venture into public speaking again after that painful experience.

The following year, I transferred to another class and I learned that the student who beat me in the declamation contest of the previous year won't be coming in to our shool anymore.  It dawned on me that complete revenge won't be mine after all even if I join the contest again.  Still, I ventured on the contest again with higher hopes this time.  I delivered Og Mandino's "I Will Persist Until I Succeed" with great fervor and passion that I was able to convince the judges how much I improved from last year.  Ain't the piece very timely?  Needless to say, I won this time.  And year after year success came in as I continued to hone my special gift and shared it to others.

From then on, I always believed that I have a special gift - which is public speaking.  I could easily converse my ideas in front of a crowd.  Some call it charisma, others say that it is something I acquired through constant practice.  But I believe it is something God gave me and luckily I was able to grab the opportunities that helped me to develop it.

Right now I could say that through teaching I was still able to share my talent to others and, more importantly, develop other areas of this core gift that I have.  I still have a lot to learn about my talent.  And I still am left with a lot of space to grow.

However I do not think that teaching is the ultimate purpose of my core gift.  I believe that this is just a phase which I must undergo to improve my talent.  I could see that one day my talent would take me to a larger crowd.  To a lot more people who needs encouragement.  To a lot more people who needs motivation.  To a lot more people who needs inspiration.

This I know will manifest.  Soon.  And so I need to prepare.  I need to sharpen the only weapon I would use on that day: my special gift.

PS I already started investing in a Mutual Equity Fund just last week.  A mutual fund is a pool of money professionally managed and invested in specific types of securities. (fami.com.ph)  I chose FAMI (First Metro Asset Management, Inc.) to manage my investment.  I suggest you visit their website (or their office) if you would like to know more about mutual fund and its benefits.  This is not an endorsement and I am not being paid by FAMI for this.


  1. Nice, public speaking! Awesome core gift you got there. :) Mine's more of writing. :)
    I want to try FAMI, too. Have you tried investing in Citiseconline as well?
    Is it okay for us to exchange links? :)

  2. Hi Lianne! Yup, I chose citiseconline to be my stock broker. I just started last March investing in stocks and I am very much enjoying it. Sure I'll add your blog as a link. God bless. :-)