The other day, a fellow journalist remarked to me that my « talents » were being « wasted » because I was required to edit a text that consisted of little items about famous « people, » the kind of celebrity news that is consumed like popcorn or chocolate or potato chips.
I replied that it was indeed possible to see the situation that way: My skill and experience as a veteran journalist being applied to such trivia! What a waste!
I added, however, that it was also possible to say that I in fact put my talents to use elsewhere. He agreed that this was true, as he knows I teach Zen and am a poet.
And yet, I added, the truth is that my « talents » can never be « wasted » if I apply them to whatever I am doing at every moment. My « talents » are best used when I use them without discrimination wherever they are needed.