Friday, March 11, 2011

No Talent? No Way!

Is there any such thing as a small talent? 

Well yeah. Look at this guy (and I'm not referring to his stature. It's that itty bitty musical instrument between his teeth):

Dude. That's a harmonica. A humble and somewhat reviled musical instrument if ever there was one. And yet this man brought down the house with it. And not just any old house: the rather august Carnegie Hall house.

That was some serious joy and enjoyment on those peoples' faces. And all because of a golly-gee-Tom-and-Huck-let's-sit-in-a-corn-field-and-chaw-some-straw-whilst-whistlin'-through-a-mouth-organ harmonica.

Good things come in small packages, don't they? I mean, forgive the cliché, but it's kind of true. It's also true that good things come in medium sized packages, large packages, square and trapezoidal packages. (Awesome word, that. Trapezoidal. It's fun to say. You try it. Go on. "Trapezoidal." See?)

The truth of the matter is, it doesn't matter what we look like, what obvious accomplishments are ours, what worldly recognition we may or may not have. As long as whatever we do, we do with everything we've got--every key, every note, every resonance chamber, every part of our heart, mind, and soul;  in short, every part of our instrument--then our contribution is great. And if we get good at giving every part of our energy and soul to everything we do, doesn't our talent become great? A talent for adding our total awesomeness to the world?

There is no person who has nothing to contribute. You work hard and you throw it out there. The positive energy of that offering all by itself is enough to boost the goodness-factor in the world

Go out there and DO it, little harmonica-man, little blues-harp-woman. You can worry that you're not good enough and not try. Or you can try and possibly fail. Either way it works out the same. Except with the trying you have the self-respect of having tried. And the experience to apply to the next time. And the next time. And the next time. And finally the fantastic time when you try with everything you've got and bring down the house in Carnegie Hall.

Go You!


Lori said...

How wonderful - your post is so uplifting!

Janiel Miller said...

Thanks Lori!

scott.densley said...

My kind of post. Right on, I dig the video.

Ari2525 said...

I could never do that, harmonicas sound cool but i'm just not down with learning how to do harmonica, janiel, your writing once again got me thinking.

Janiel Miller said...

Thanks Scott and Ari. I couldn't do the harmonica either. He's amazing. But I can do other little things. I'm going to start counting those more.


Russo said...

Janiel, you are one of the most inspirational people I know. I read your posts and always get inspired to something. Thank you, my friend!

densleybrandis said...

Beaitiful statement Janiel.

Keli said...

My son loves his harmonica.

Great post. Very positive and uplifting!! Just what I needed. :)

Sorry that it took so long to visit your blog! I want to thank you for visiting and linking up to Friendly Wednesday!

Have a great week!


mymy said...

i enjoyed blurting out, "trapezoidal". LOL

Janiel Miller said...

Russo and Brandis, you are sweet. Thank you!

Keli, thanks for coming over! Glad the post gave you a lift.

Mymy - "Trapezoidal" is an excellent word. Good for you for blurting. Way to be free! :)

Maegan Langer said...

Classical harmonica! Who'd'a thunk?

Self Sagacity said...

Hey, what happened to the photo? I didn't see it, just a big space on your post.

Janiel Miller said...

Really? That's weird. Maybe it disappeared and came back, because it's showing up on my computer right now. Is it back for you? Anyone else not seeing the clip?

Sorry Self Sagacity. It's actually a really awesome Youtube clip. Hope you get to see it. Let me know if it doesn't come back for you and I'll see if it's anything on my end.