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How I Recently Discovered One of My Biggest Talents

Has anyone ever complimented you on something you never noticed about yourself before?

Recently I had lunch with a dear friend who I hadn’t seen in years. We were catching up and sharing about the things that currently keep us occupied. I shared about my many projects, from leading a women’s prayer group to my work with singers and voice teacher clients. I described how I help teachers build their studios and understand the intricacies of the child singing voice. I also shared how my husband, a college president, and I love spending time on our campus and surrounding neighborhood building relationships with our academic community and beyond.

At the end of our visit, my friend and I said our goodbyes, hoping our next visit would not separate us for so long. She gave me a hug and told me something I had never heard before, but it was the greatest compliment I ever received: she said that it sounds like I am doing what I always do best, which is bringing people together.

Woah! That last phrase just hung in the air with a warmth of sunshine for me, and I have been pondering it ever since. I never thought of what I do like that before.

Bringing people together.

I know that I am a person who loves to nurture, and I know the things I am passionate about. Still, I never really thought of myself as some who brings people together. I am a