August 27

Today's quotation:

The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up
who we are in order to become all that we can be.

Max De Pree

Today's Meditation:

Oh, how dearly we hold on to the status quo!  How simple it is to keep on going on in the same ways in order to avoid the unknown, the different, the changes that life offers us all the time!  Most of us get to like who we are, if for no other reason than it's pretty safe and comfortable.  And we ignore the cognitive dissonance when it arrives, causing tension between what we are and what we know we could be if we were to take a few risks and make some important changes.

Who I am right now is not the person I have the potential to be.  Who I'll be next year will not be the person I am now.  But is that person going to be someone who's much further along in life and growth than I am now, or will that person be someone who's continued to run the treadmill of maintaining the status quo, and who hasn't grown at all, neither spiritually, emotionally, or intellectually.

Robert Frost said "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."  You're facing many forks in your personal road right now, and whether you stick to the same road or take a risk and take one of the forks is completely up to you.  Know, though, that when you take a risky fork the person that you are right now will cease to be, and you will become someone who has taken an important risk in an effort to become more than you were before.

What you are is beautiful and wonderful.  What you can be is even more glorious, but you never will become that person until you're ready and willing to let go and let life take you where you're meant to go, not necessarily where you believe you should go.

Questions to consider:

Are you willing to give up who you are now to become someone even more glorious than you are?

How might we know when the time is right to move on to something else, something better for us that will help us to grow?

Do you have a vision of "all that you can be"?  How can we develop such a vision?

For further thought:

There are things that we never want to let
go of, people we never want to leave behind.
But keep in mind that letting go isnít the end
of the world; itís the beginning of a new life.

unattributed

Cognitive dissonance:  A condition of conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between one's beliefs and one's actions.
  

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