Talent for Humanity by Patrick Gaffneysam
Talent for Humanity: Stories of Creativity, Compassion and Courage to Inspire You on Your Journey is an awe-inspiring account of the extraordinary care and compassion human beings are capable of showing each other. It is a reminder that, despite being wonderfully unique individuals, we are all the same; we feel the same love, share the same desires, and deserve the same compassion and opportunities for happiness. As the author, Patrick Gaffney, points out “We all have the capacity to transform ourselves, change the world, and inspire others.”
Talent for Humanity serves as a pillar of inspiration for everyone who is in search of their purpose in life; everyone seeking “something more.” Discovering the people highlighted in this book is like discovering a light within yourself that you didn’t know you had. It makes you feel empowered and capable of making a splash in the world just by acknowledging the things that make you special. If we all set the intention to ‘pay it forward’ by shining a little light on all the places where there isn’t any, the world we live in will become a much brighter and more compassionate place.
Patrick Gaffney has created something really special with this text. He has taken action to put inspiration in the hands of limitless amounts of people. He has passed the torch for helping humanity by sharing stories about the incredible things we are all gifted enough to accomplish. If you really want to know what you are going to get out of this reading, consider Gaffney’s own explanation: “This is a book about passion and creativity, about friendship and kindness, determination and, as we will see, focused and undistracted attention. It is a book about compassion, because everyone in it has been driven by a compelling desire to alleviate suffering, along with it’s causes. It is a book about courage and resilience…”
You cannot help but feel admiration for the 7 souls introduced in Talent for Humanity. Each of these individuals has taken their God-given talents and turned them into a tool for serving mankind. Reza, for example, grew up in the midst of the Iranian Revolution. Even from a young age he had a deep curiosity and passion for literature and photography. While attending University, Reza was single handedly responsible for creating and running a small on campus library for his fellow students. His photography was also given a creative outlet in the form of a small newsletter Reza published highlighting some of the turmoil occurring within the community at that time. This seemly harmless newsletter ended up landing Reza in jail for several years because it was interpreted as a threat to government policy. Once released from prison, Reza was forced to live in exile in France to escape harassment from government officials. He never let fear deter him from his mission, to share his photos with a world who needed to see them; to tell the stories of the people in his photos; and to show how delicate and valuable our lives are.
Another story that genuinely struck a chord within my heart was that of Aliza Hava. Aliza is a singer, songwriter and peacemaker. Her natural musical talents and spiritual path have led her to create a worldwide program for tolerance, understanding and peaceful coexistence. Using the universal language of music, Aliza has organized massive concerts across the globe to promote healing and acceptance.
This is just a small sample of the kind of light that shines from within this book. Talent for Humanity is so much more than just a feel-good call for self-improvement. It has managed to capture the essence of what it means to be a human being and what it feels like to realize how powerful Love is. Changing the world begins with one small act of kindness and Patrick Gaffney has offered us 7 beautiful examples of positive change in motion. EVERYONE needs to read this book. Once you get your hands on a copy, be sure to pay it forward and share it with someone you care about.
Talent for Humanity: Stories of Creativity, Compassion and Courage to Inspire You on Your Journey
5 of 5 Stars
Review by Courtney Lindemann
Courtney is a publicist by day and avid reader/book reviewer by night. She has a healthy appetite for all things spiritual and is always open to the endless opportunities for growth offered by the Universe. http://www.readingonrepeat.com