"We don't just respond to things as we see them, or feel them, or hear them. Rather, our response is conditioned on our beliefs about what they really are - where they came from, what they're made of, what their hidden nature is.
This is true not just for what we think about things but how we react to things. So I want to suggest that pleasure is deep."
Scott Alexander wrote a marvelous post about natural ability a few days ago:
"Our modern word 'talent' comes from the Greek word talenton, a certain amount of precious metal sometimes used as a denomination of money. The etymology passes through a parable of Jesus’. A master calls three servants to him and gives the first five talents, the second two talents, and the third one talent. The first two servants invest the money and double it. The third literally buries it in a hole. The master comes back later and praises the first two servants, but sends the third servant to Hell (metaphor? what metaphor?).
Various people have come up with various interpretations, but the most popular says that God gives all of us different amounts of resources, and He will judge us based on how well we use these resources rather than on how many He gave us....
The modern word 'talent' comes from this parable. It implies 'a thing God has given you which you can invest and give back'."
In other words - we each have a responsibility to be fully who we are and use up everything we have.
It's a heavy weight, the knowledge that you have something to give. The best coaches egg you on by proving you have unused talents, and call you out when you would bury them in a hole rather than invest them back into the world.
That famous Marianne Williamson quote comes to mind:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure...We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?...Your playing small does not serve the world."