“THE GRAVEYARD IS THE RICHEST PLACE ON EARTH”
A little over a year ago I visited a church back home in Zambia when the pastor spoke on this quote. I wasn’t even aware that it was a famous quote, by Les Brown, until I finished typing up this post. I was as curious as you might be (if it’s also your first time hearing it) to know exactly what it meant. This was before I had started my blog, it was still an idea at the time that I was hesitant about, but after the sermon and hearing a lot of other wise and encouraging words, I put everything in action and started working towards it.
The pastor proceeded to explain that the graveyard is a place where not only people are buried, but also people’s dreams and talents. So many people die without having pursued their dreams or done anything with their talents. They leave earth without having shared their God-given talents with the world. Talents that so many people could be inspired by and benefit from. I found that not only sad but also selfish in a way. We’ve all been blessed with talents for a reason, and that reason isn’t to hog them and keep them to ourselves. We’re meant to share them, use them to help people, inspire people, move people, entertain people.
I mean, what would the world be without amazing singers/rappers like Kendrick, J.Cole, Beyoncé, Drake, Kanye West, Jhene Aiko, Tinashe, Macky 2, Michael Jackson (may his soul rest in peace)? What about the passionate singers of Hillsong? How about Jagged Edge, Joe, Donell Jones, Mariah Carey, Sade, Tamia, Toni Braxton, TLC, Kenny Latimore? I don’t know about you but that old school soul and R&B still hits the spot for me! Koffi Olomide, Awilo Longomba, where my African people at? You know those guys slayed! What about architects? That sketch and design beautiful buildings! What about authors? That write compelling novels and valuable self-help books! Artists, that create exquisite paintings for us to hang up on our walls and view in museums. Actors, directors, producers? That bring stories to life, move us to tears and bring us laughter? What about pastors? That answer to their calling and invest in the spiritual lives of many people in so many different ways, like the very one that spoke about this!
How bland would our world be if they all decided to keep their talents to themselves? One of the things that was holding me back from starting this blog and sharing choreography was the fear that I’d look nothing at all like any of the dancers that inspire me, that I wouldn’t even come close to being as incredible as I think they are. But the thing is, I’m not suppose to look or dance like any of them, I’m just suppose to dance like me and share my own creativity. So what if I’m not seen as the best in everyone’s eyes, that’s not the purpose of us sharing our talent. All we’re suppose to do is share the best of all we are, give OUR OWN best even if the entire world doesn’t label it as the best. You don’t know who you could inspire, you don’t know whose mind you could change for the better, you don’t know whose life you could have an impact on, you don’t know the change or revelation you could bring about, you don’t who you could help in the process.
I made the decision not to hold back, to stop letting my talent go to waste, and you should too. No talent is ever useless or too small, we all have something to offer regardless of the size. Get your talent out there and not buried in the grave with you when your time is up.