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THE GIFT OF GAB

THE GIFT OF GAB

When growing up, I was always told to keep quiet and to not talk too much. I heard comments like, “You talk too much for a girl”, “You are too curious”, “You just love talking”, “Keep quiet and listen”.

I was just a jovial little girl and I loved to get along with people. I was the kind of girl that would be left alone with a stranger and within the next 20 minutes, I would be friends with the stranger.

For a long time I was being cautioned to keep quiet, and to just listen without blabbering my mouth.
At a point, I started to get taunted for it and this made me stop talking. I went from the jovial, talkative girl to the quiet, withdrawn girl because o was told that nobody likes a girl like that and that I wouldn’t be able to get married if all I did was talk any man that comes my way to death

I became a quiet girl. Even when I had something to say I would keep quiet. I lost my speaking gift and I became a shell of my former self.

I continued this way all through high school and college. I abandoned my dream career path and instead studied to become a nurse.

That was what my mother wanted, that was what my father wanted. But the truth was, I never felt true fulfillment and I always knew that there was something more that I had to offer.

One day, a patient came into my care suffering from a stroke. The stroke affected his speech and his mobility on his left side.

This patient was unique, he had a twinkle in his eyes whenever I walked into the room. He was about 32 years old.

One day, I came in to give him his usual round of injection and he signalled for a paper and pen. He wrote that he was bored and wanted to hear a story. I was quite free for the day so I entertained him with stories. He wrote that he really enjoyed my stories and they kept him entertained. He wrote that I had a unique style of speaking and getting my point across.
Few weeks later, he was discharged after he became okay while I continued with my work in the hospital.

One year later, I happened to run into him in a store and that was where we became really close. He encouraged me to speak to people because I had a way of inspiring others and rather than bash me for my talkativeness, he accepted it and allowed me to bloom.

I started by writing my thoughts and words of encouragement on a blog and soon, I noticed that people liked what I had to say.

I started being invited for speaking engagements and it was met with success every time. From time to time, people gave me feedbacks that they enjoyed and were inspired by my speeches

Two years later, the man that I had taken care of in the hospital, the one that I later ran into in a store and the man that kept encouraging me to talk proposed to me and of course I said yes. Two months later, we got married.

After some time, I resigned from practice as a nurse because I now had so many speaking engagements and I get paid for it better than my work as a nurse.

I realized that this speaking gift was actually a gift and not a curse. I had always had the Gift of Gab long before I knew it and I had allowed people to talk me out of it when I was younger but now, I use it to help others and bless their lives. Yes, I talk for a living now and how much better can it get?

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