What is your Talent?
We all have a “special” talent. Some have more than one. Mine is the ability to hear a voice and recognize the owner (in most cases). My 2nd wife (Cynthia, who passed away in 1999) had an unbelievable ability to recognize faces even when they were in disguise. One of several times was when we stayed at a Hilton in New Jersey. The was a very tall black man at the check-in counter and Cindi said, “Look over there that’s Dr. J”. Knowing that she was not a basketball fan I was amazed. When I asked how she knew she told me she had seen him once in a magazine. Another time we were standing in line at an airline check-in counter at the LA Airport when she said “Look ahead, that woman ahead of us is the actress Kathleen Quinlan”. She had short hair and wore faded and well-worn jeans. I had seen her in several films and was convinced that my spouse was wrong. We ended up on the same flight to Cabo after I accosted her with “Excuse me, but are you, Kathleen Quinlan?”. Cindi had nailed it again. My wife Jeanette has several talents. Among them is her knitting. Despite only having one arm, she is very quick and capable of very complex patterns. Another is her ability at Sudoku. I often have to ask for her help when I am stumped and she always has the solution. My favorite of her talents is her ability to find items that I have lost.
Recognizing talents is an opportunity for all of us to complement our friends.