Ah, sorry. Gotcha. Well, this is certainly true! What some see as a talent, others
see as a problem, I guess. What do you do when you're confronted with a situation
like this? My reaction, when I was young and precocious, was just to clam up and
become rather reserved, because I never knew how what I said would be taken (a
lesson I have yet to master, incidentally). How do you react?

Stacy Smith wrote:

> I was trying to make points that not everyone appreciates the talents we
> may already have.
>
> Stacy.
>
> At 01:04 AM 11/07/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>
> >That's why I included "opportunities" as part of the list. You have to
> >make due
> >with limitations placed on your talents, and "lack of opportunity" is the
> >flip side
> >of opportunity. Why do we have proportionately fewer serious music
> >composers today
> >than in the 18th and early 19th century, for example? Fewer talented people?
> >
> >Stacy Smith wrote:
> >
> > > What are we to do if our talents are being hindered?
> > >
> > > Stacy.
> > >
> > > At 07:58 PM 11/05/2002 -0700, you wrote:
> > >
> > > >This is true. Each has their own challenges, opportunities, talents,
> > gifts and
> > > >assignments in life. This is what I get from what Paul says in I
> > > >Corinthians 13.
> > > >YOUR challenge and MY challenge are to use those to the best of our
> > > >advantage. I
> > > >learned a very interesting lesson recently. I've been going through a
> > > >great deal
> > > >of physical pain due to some neurological problems (among other things
> > I had a
> > > >blood clot on the brain, between the surface and the lining of the brain,
> > > >called a
> > > >subdural haematoma, which they say is one of the most painful things a
> > > >person can
> > > >experience, along with childbirth and kidney stones). A neuropsychologist
> > > >(who is
> > > >a diagnostician, not a counsellor) told me that I would probably have this
> > > >difficulty, due to brain damage in the parietal pre-frontal lobe of my
> > > >brain, for
> > > >quite some time, and I had to learn to separate pain itself, which I
> > can't do
> > > >anything about (beyond analgaesic relief) and "suffering" which he defined
> > > >as my
> > > >reaction to pain. He told me to take more "social risks" and if I have a
> > > >seizure
> > > >in public, well, so what of it? Other people's reaction to it is their
> > > >problem.
> > > >
> > > >Now let's turn that around. If you have a talent, you have a
> > responsibility to
> > > >magnify it. Other people, who may not have that talent, should not envy
> > > >you for
> > > >it, but should be glad for you, and should not react negatively when you
> > > >succeed
> > > >in that area. We put a lot of barriers in our own way, and often attempt
> > > >to put
> > > >barriers in other people's lives, too. Don't let anyone put barriers in
> > > >your way.
> > > >
> > > >And what I've said goes for Gary, too. I'm sure I'm not telling any of you
> > > >anything you don't already know, but this is by way of encouragement.
> > > >
> > > >Stacy Smith wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Not all of us are required to prove theories.
> > > > >
> > > > > Stacy.
> > > > >
> > > > > At 03:55 PM 11/04/2002 -0900, you wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > >After much pondering, Gary Smith favored us with:
> > > > > >>No, it is postulating a theory. Once a theory is set out for all
> > to read,
> > > > > >>then it is up to the rest of us to disprove the theory by testing it
> > > > > >>against known evidences. That does not yet make it a fact, as future
> > > > > >>evidence can always refute a theory. Without theories, we would not
> > > > > >>advance in science or knowledge. The danger comes when we convince
> > > > > >>ourselves that a theory is a fact, when in fact, it isn't.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >So basically what you are saying is that I can forward any way out
> > weird
> > > > > >theory, maybe like something that Velikovsky or von Daniken might
> > write,
> > > > > >and the burden of proof is on us to use evidence to showing how wrong
> > > > > >headed my theory is.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >I disagree that a person can responsibly postulate a theory and then
> > > > > >expect it to be accepted unless someone can disprove it.  Even a
> > theory
> > > > > >needs to be supported with some kind of evidence.  Otherwise it
> > isn't even
> > > > > >a theory, just a wild speculation.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> > > > > >You know what would make a good story?  Something
> > > > > >about a clown who make people happy, but inside he's
> > > > > >real sad. Also, he has severe diarrhea. --Jack Handy
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> > > > > >All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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