May 30
If we did all the things we are
capable of doing, we would
literally astound ourselves.

Thomas Alva Edison


Today's Meditation:

It's a shame that so much of what I remember as a kid were people telling me what I couldn't do.  How much of what I heard back then did I internalize and actually believe, even though those people were telling me something false that was based on their own realities, not necessarily something that was true for me as a person?  What I've found as an adult, though, who thinks for myself, is that my major problem in life has been in deciding what not to do, even though I enjoy it and I'm pretty good at it.

We all have many unique abilities, many unique talents and gifts; there simply isn't time enough in a day or a week or a month to develop all the things we can do fully.  I love playing the keyboard, but there are other things that I find more fulfilling, so I don't play it.  But I know that if I wanted to, I could be really good at it--it's just not where I choose to focus my attention.  There are things that you could do extremely well, also, that you choose not to do at all, and that's fine.  The problem starts to arise when we argue for our limitations because we've begun to believe what other people have told us we're not capable of doing.

I think it's important that we keep in mind just how awesome our potential actually is.  If we remember that we can do all sorts of amazing things if we just take the time to learn them well, then life can never be boring or pointless or tedious--for there is always the potential for something better up the road a piece.  I know that if I wanted to change careers right now, I could learn a new career well if I dedicated myself to it.  I just choose not to.  And in my current career, I can accomplish many different things when and if I decide to dedicate myself to do so.

Thomas Edison's entire life spoke of possibility.  His whole life was a testament to the power of potential, and when I read these words as having come from him, I know that I'm reading something very important that he knew about life and living.  Do some new things--enjoy them and get good at them--and you'll find yourself amazing yourself all the time.

Questions to consider:

Why do we start to believe other people when they speak to us of limitation?

What kinds of things would you truly enjoy doing that you don't do?  What would it hurt to try them, and to devote some time to them?

How might you go about developing the ability to take on new things and to trust your ability to do them?

For further thought:
Our being is subject to all the chances of life.  There are so many
things we are capable of, that we could be or do.  The potentialities are
so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled.

Katherine Anne Porter


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