Every day I check the birthday list to see who’s celebrating. I’m always amazed at the irony of some of the Happy Birthday Boys and Girls. Today is one of those days.
Desmond Tutu is 78. If there has ever been a walking, talking symbol of courage it is the South African archbishop. At the other end of the, They Can’t Be of the Same Species, list is Simon Cowell, 50, the acerbic talent judge on American Idol. In the middle is Russia's Spy For Life Vladimir Putin, 57.
However, here’s the thing they all have in common: They understood early in their lives what their talents were, and they maximized their gifts, for good or ill.
Floating through life punching a time clock and wondering what you’re good at won’t feed the bulldog, as a friend of mine from Georgia says. You’ve got to identify your gifts and put them to use. It’s a sin and disgrace not to.
I’ve got to believe that a century from now no one will know or care who Simon Cowell or Vladimir Putin were. But, American children will still be reading about Desmond Tutu in their history books, and South African children will still be singing songs about him.