December 20      

Today's quotation:

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

Jesus of Nazareth

Today's Meditation:

This is a fascinating thing to say about potential.  All of us have an amazing amount of potential, but how many of us actually bring it forth into our everyday lives?  And how many of us destroy ourselves because of the way we see our undeveloped potential, because of the feelings of disappointment and dissatisfaction that come up because we know that we're leaving our potential buried deep within us?

"What is within" us is truly amazing, and one of the biggest shames of humanity is the fact that we keep it buried within ourselves rather than letting it out so that it can be of benefit to other people.  We keep ourselves hidden because of our fear of rejection or failure or success, never once admitting to ourselves that keeping our potential hidden is one of the greatest forms of selfishness there is.  And I say that not in judgment, but in acknowledgement of my own behavior in years past.  Because I kept my potential bottled up inside of myself for so long, I spent years not giving to others things that I might easily have given; years not risking things that weren't all that risky after all.

Our potential can save us.  Realizing our potential can show us our self-worth, and it can help us to develop our self- confidence and self-reliance.  If we bring it forth, we can make richer our lives and the lives of all those people around us, while if we keep it hidden and never let it see the light, our lives will grow dark and dim as we slowly but surely destroy ourselves by allowing our fears to carry us into the dark recesses of frustration, disappointment, and lack of fulfillment.

Questions to consider:

In which areas does your greatest potential lie?

Why might we feel so much fear when we think about reaching our potential?

How can bringing forth what is in you, save you?

For further thought:

Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make very small use of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a person who, out of his or her whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his or her little finger.

William James

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