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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

We all have our assets, you know what I mean? That thing we do, that skill we have, that little something extra God gave us just because. The problem is, we were born with them and after we have them a while, we don’t even notice them anymore.

Take my oldest son. We’re on a cruise this week and the food is, of course, fabulous. However, of the five of us, he’s the only one who can eat anything he wants and not gain an ounce. The rest of us are so jealous as we pick and choose, knowing we’ll pay for any gluttony later.

Kevin and my other two sons turned dark golden brown in the sun. They rarely burn and spend the summer looking like California beach boys. Me and my oldest son? Think lobster red. Think gobs of sunscreen. Think pale white and lots of freckles.

Yep, we all have our assets. Some of us can memorize at the drop of a hat, some of us have a keen sense of direction, and some of us always know just the right thing to say (not me!)

So what’s yours? What little knack, little gift, little asset do you have that you often overlook?
Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:01 AM  
  Comments (15)
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At 7:42 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I tan well and am a great listener. Oh, and am a great cook. But I'm also impatient, cynical, and put on weight very easily. LOL


At 8:39 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

My husband reminds me frequently that reading comes easily and quickly to me. My children were blessed with the same ability.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

I have a good memory and can often remember things others forget got it from mum but the sad thing is shes losing her memory and has early signs of dementia. I am good a puzzles too.
which is where we differ.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger OK Chick said...

I have the ability to accomplish more in one day than most people do in an hour. I don't know if that's an asset or just the fact that I'm crazy. HA! Also, I tan easily.

At 10:36 AM, Blogger Gracie said...

I guess you could say I have a good memory, but it's very selective. I can recite back whole radio sermons, yet I can't tell you the first item on my grocery list. I'll quote whole pages from fiction novels and rattle off favorite Bible verses by rote. Yet if you ask me my age, or the ages of my family, I have to count from the year they were born!

My mind has a weird filing system that I'm still trying to figure out.

P.S. Denise, I totally understand your jealousy over your son's ability to not gain weight. My brother can eat every delicacy on earth, and he still won't gain an ounce. Meanwhile, I have to walk three miles because I indulged in a donut. Sigh.

Guess I'd better start walking. Blessings!

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Hmm, I'd say it's the ability to absorb difficult concepts or a lot of information and remember it so that I can answer questions for folks and point them in the right direction. Comes in handy in this writing world and with my web design.

I also usually end up coordinating, organizing, directing, explaining, etc. And I suppose I have a commanding presence at times, since folks tend to listen when I speak.

And Denise, I feel your pain over the tanning issue. I'm pale with freckles too. No tan, only burn and back to white.

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Hm, I tan well, like hotcoffeenow, and gracie cracked me up because I forget things too, but I'm super good at following stream of consciousness. My husband often looks at me bewildered, wondering 'where that came from'. I can tell him, and it always makes perfect sense to me...;)

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Deena said...

My ability to pop a wise crack at any time has been called a special ability:-) I can also read quickly and I can out argue anyone...which totally annoys my husband!

At 2:15 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I am a great swimmer and I am all muscle, so if I want to get into shape, two weeks later, you can see my tone. I'm sure at some point this will go away, but I'm grateful for it because I am also vain. : )

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Kay Day said...

I usually can grasp a difficult concept and put it in words others can more readily understand. (Colleen might disagree, since this ability is not showing forth in the course she is teaching!)
I am good at analogies. This is particularly true for Scriptural, spiritual concepts.

I don't tan. I splotch. I don't even burn right.

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

I am a wonderful patient advocate. Not for money, and I don't volunteer at it, either. Stuff just happens and I'm...there. I have no medical training whatsoever, but in ER situations, staff members end up asking me, "Are you an RN?" I love speaking up for patients when they aren't able to, and making sure the care they get is the best possible.

People also tell me I'm funny.

Katy McKenna

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

I have a flair for the dramatic. I take things WAY too personal. (This works well for listening to a friend, but not so well in a job like counseling.) I am a defender of the downtrodden, a stubborn mule in an argument.

I cook a mean stew, never the same way twice. I am as white as a piece of paper, and just as flammable. I have baked wedding cakes, and that was unexpectedly fun.

I read pretty fast, but wish I could retain more information, to discuss it later. I have been told I am a good writer. I would love to learn to believe good things about myself.

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I have a passing knowledge of many things--sort of a "jack of all trades and master of none" person. For example, I know how to foil fence, do archery, horseback ride, syncronise swim, knit, paint stage scenery, etc.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I can read a book in an evening. I'm a really fast reader!

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Sharon A. Lavy said...

I am an encourager.
I didn't realize being a good reader was a virtue until I read the other comments. So yes, I love to read. Reading comforts me.


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