Friday Focus 31.7.20

Friday Focus  31.7.20

Thanks to Hazel for this week’s Friday Focus

Skills and Gratitude

I recently paid my first post-lockdown visit to my hairdresser and, although the experience was a wee bit different, it was lovely to be back seeing old friends again. I am a creature of habit and my appointments are booked at regular intervals, so I tend to see the same people at the salon each time I go – my hairdresser friends.

I have short hair. I have had short hair nearly all my life and it was a real trial for me to not get it cut for 20 weeks.  Therefore, you can imagine my absolute sheer delight to get the length cut off and for it to be styled properly once again.

Following my appointment, I posted a piece on my Facebook page.  It read “Never underestimate the skill of your hairdresser or the joy that they can bring” and I thanked my hairdresser for her efforts. The post generated quite a lot of likes and a number of interesting comments.

One comment came from a friend of mine, who has done lots of work for me in my house over the last 10 years.  He jokingly asked, “how’s about a mention for the unsung maintenance engineer?”  Now I know that he was only jesting with me, but in fact, he made an important point.

Each one of us has our own skills and talents, but no matter how multi-talented we are, none of us can do everything.  We all rely on other people to fill our skills gaps and to undertake the tasks that we cannot manage. This was very clearly demonstrated in many ways throughout lockdown and it is only right that we continue to acknowledge and give thanks for others’ work. 

So clearly there are 2 sides to this story – the person who has the skill and the person receiving the benefit of that person’s skill.

In the Bible at 1Peter chapter 4 verse 10 it says: “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” and at 1 Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 18 it says: “In everything give thanks.”

Let me leave you with a final thought: What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things that you thanked God for today?  How full or empty would your life be?

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