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Being jealous of talents that are actually skills is a great way to let yourself off the hook and make yourself miserable at the same time. – Seth Godin

A talent is nothing you’ve earned.

Like great looks and skin colour, it is usually true that the things we are born able to do are accidents of nature, gifts, if you like – but only inasmuch as we have done and can do nothing to earn them.

You wouldn't boast abouot your naturally curl hair, would you?You wouldn’t boast about your naturally curl hair, would you?

Or your dad’s accent, perhaps … ?

The things that come with the package are simply the starting point. It’s what we do with those things that really counts.

When you take what you’ve been given and build on it, when you work to create something from what you’ve been given, or put effort into improving an area where you may have been weak to begin with, that’s worth celebrating. That’s even, dare I say it, worth boasting about.

Because you’ve earned it.

The rest is just a foundation for your potential. Don’t get stuck at ground level.


The start of another week. Eek.

Sunday, the first day of our week, is typically a very busy day for us. I plan the school week ahead, we compare diaries, and try to figure out who gets the car on which days, and how we can keep all of our promises. It’s not one of my favourite days, I confess.

This week we’re supposed to study pioneers and tracking and that kind of thing. Of course, the American material I’m working from fails me in this field. How can I teach the children about their own ancestors, and the history of the land they call home? How do I know what to tell them: how much information? How much detail? What can they handle? What do they need?

Where do I even start?

And because my middle name is Murphy (I just found out!), this week is insanely busy in terms of work, too. So I somehow have t answer the above questions and meet my deadlines and, in the middle of all of it, stay solvent and sane.

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