being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many
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
gets very frustrating to see just how much the world--
including family, friends, co-workers, even strangers--try
to convince us that life is about limitations. We
can't do this because, and we can't do that because.
If only we were ________, we'd be able to _______. Or
we hear others say, "I've been a _______ all my life,
and there's no way I could be anything else." We
convince ourselves somehow that we're limited after we hear
others talk so much about limitations, and that's a shame.
is dynamic, ever-changing. The world of today is not
the same as the world of yesterday, and the world of
tomorrow will be different than today's world. So we
have to keep in mind that we are capable of doing any number
of things in life, that we have possibilities and potential
that are a very real part of who we are, and all we have to
do is start using them for us to get quite good at
them. I'm a teacher today, but tomorrow I may be an
administrator or a salesman or an artist, depending on where
life wants me to go. And also depending upon whether
or not I'm willing to go along with life and make the
changes necessary to get good at something else.
often think that if I were to start life over, I could be
this or that, because I really like that kind of work, and I
know I could do it well. I could do other things now,
but I'm pretty content with what I am doing, so there's no
need to make any drastic changes right now.
Eventually, though, things will change, and I may need to
make some significant changes--in that case, I need to
explore my potential and move on.
you want to add a new dimension to your life? Pick up
a paint brush or a guitar, start working or volunteering at
a place that challenges you, sit down and write that novel
that you've wanted to write. You won't be able to do
everything in great ways, but you'll be able to do a lot in
ways that are just fine. If we truly are to get the most
out of life, then it's important that we explore our
potential instead of letting it lie untried. We all
know what happens to stagnant water.