I once read that life is well represented as a pearl deep within an oyster. The pearl symbolizes each person's potential, or the things that are going well for them in life. Just as a mere grain of sand that enters an oyster can grow into something of great worth, there is a fragment of excellency within every one of you that over time can be shape you into an individual who will make a difference in the world.
There will be trials and hardships to overcome along the road to making a difference, but consider what Hellen Keller once wrote, "The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were not limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse." It is true that undergoing hard work in order to achieve one's dreams makes the arrival at success even more gratifying.
Our lives are books to which each of us is our own author. We are the ones who write each chapter of our life. The best chapters are yet to be written and among them are talents yet to be discovered. We all possess abilities that are unique to each of us as individuals. Just as the grain of sand within the oyster over time transforms into something beautiful, we must discover the gifts within ourselves and refine them into something of value. We must remember the adage, "How quiet the woods would be if only the best birds sang." If we take this into consideration we will realize that each person's abilities are important and meaningful.