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Good to use our talents for ourselves

I read Beverly Beckham’s column every week in the Sunday Globe, and this week’s in particular provided a much-needed “Aha!’’ moment (“A gift of inspiration,’’ Feb. 12). The message is so important, in fact, that I cut out the column to tack on the wall in my office and posted an excerpt on my Facebook page.

I am a 45-year-old mother of two boys who is using some of her gifts but - far too often - making excuses about why I don’t have time to write, practice yoga, earn my master’s, or learn to play the ukelele. I am frankly too busy helping my kids and my husband use their gifts to find time to use mine.

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What have I done with the talents God gave me? I’d like to be able to say I shared them all and even discovered some I didn’t know I had. I’d like to, and thanks to this column, I’m starting now.

Pam Atanasoff


Globe South invites readers to share their views on the people and events we cover. Write to: Letters to the Editor, Boston Globe South, P.O. Box 55819, Boston, MA 02205-5819, or send e-mail to
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