Reflections by Eartha Watts-Hicks
Reprinted with permission from Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. (COSIA).
We all are creative in some way, each of us possessing a special gift in one craft or another. Maybe we dance, maybe we sing-maybe we even dream of somehow turning that hobby or skill into a career path. Though anything is possible, how can you make that dream a reality? For starters, don't keep your talent a secret.
Years ago, when my best friend was pursuing a career in the music industry, she introduced me to someone who then asked me what I did for a living. I answered, "Oh, I'm a housewife." My friend later pulled me to the side and said, "If you want to be a songwriter, say you're a songwriter!" Now, I have been writing songs since I was fourteen years old, but I have always been shy about it and only shared that fact with close friends. Knowing this, my friend explained to me that opportunities would not come and find me if I never identified myself with my goal. Yes, I was praying for opportunities, but there is also the power of life and death in the tongue. If I wanted to be a songwriter, I needed to name it and claim it as well.
Eventually, I did. Opportunities came and I soon found myself in peer groups, networking and being encouraged by others with similar goals. In many cases, opportunities presented themselves not from strangers but from those in my immediate circle, my own friends and family.
What is your God-given talent or skill? Don't be shy about it. Telling a friend today may lead to showing the world tomorrow!