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I was watching Michael Jackson’s This Is It last night. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it, even if you’re not a fan of Michael Jackson. As I watched him, preparing for his tour, rehearsing every note, every dance move with absolute precision, a few words came to my mind. One was mastery. The other was genius.

I watched him as he connected with that place of flow, where he became fully operational in his gift; rising above mediocrity to a level of excellence. I was captivated as I watched him. I was blessed, as I’m sure many others were, by his gift. It is a state we should all be after.

It’s so easy to get caught in a rut. To do what is mundane. To go through the motions. But each of us has our own special talents and gifts. We may not reach the national stage like our dear Michael, but we can each make a mark on our own little corner of the world. We can each allow our gifts to flow forward from us in a way that touches and blesses the lives of others. And when we pursue developing our gifts and talents with excellence, we can each find our own place of genius.

It seems many of us are pushing a big rock up a tall hill. We’re trying to find success in careers or endeavors we’re completely mismatched for; having no idea who we are and what are our true gifts. It’s a lot more difficult to find satisfaction this way—a slow and arduous, if not impossible, process.

That little voice that’s calling inside for you to volunteer somewhere or take up a new hobby is probably a clue to where you true gifts and talents lie. Do a little digging. Find out what speaks to you. In what way are others blessed by you? That’s an indication of your real gifts. Pursue that path with excellence and genius might be waiting for you as well. I’m right behind you.

To Your Journey,


Tonya Lampley is a Cincinnati based fiction author. Her debut novel is titled A Taste of Love and is available at Barnes and Noble, Joseph Beth Booksellers and Amazon.com. To learn more about Tonya and her works, please visit www.TonyaLampley.com.