Dogs are well known for their gift of smelling.
A dog’s brain is specialized for identifying scents. The percentage of the dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is actually 40 times larger than that of a human! It’s been estimated that dogs can identify smells somewhere between 1,000 to 10,000 times better than nasally challenged humans can. – Source Credit
I have a fun game I play with our dog “Deogi.” I race around the house with him hot on my heels until I get ahead of him enough to dart into a dark room without him seeing where I went. I stand as still as I can and quiet my breathing.
I can usually observe him racing around trying to find me. After some time I might whistle lowly trying to help him pinpoint where I am. As he continues to walk around bewildered at my disappearance, I begin to make more and more noise until he is almost on top of my location. Sometimes the kids will help by calling him and pointing to the room.
It usually takes me moving or turning on the light for him to finally locate me and wiggle himself to death in delight of finding me.
One of the breeds that he is mixed with is well known for their service in police/guard work. Using their keen sense of smell to help locate someone or drugs. Apparently Deogi did not get the memo on that. If he were to use his sense of smell he could find me in an instant. Instead he relies only on his eyes and ears, which are good but that sense of smell is far superior.
Just like a dog’s gift of smell, each one of us are uniquely gifted with something special that sets us apart. Perhaps you have a gift for doing crafts, teaching, compassion, etc. If you choose not to use that gift, you aren’t living to your potential. You are no different than Deogi. Searching around, lost and inhibited by his own ignorance of using his gift.
You were created to live a life perfectly designed to use the best of what you were given. Often times we don’t trust our gift and rely on something that is not our strongest offering. Today I would like you to hone in on your special gift; the thing that makes you unique. Find a way to use it in your every day life and you might be surprised at what you can find.