January 8    

Today's quotation:

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

Today's Meditation:

It 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.

Life 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.

I 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.

Do 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. 

Questions to consider:

What kinds of things do you feel drawn to doing, but haven't tried yet?

How do we develop the idea that we're somehow limited in the scope of things that we're able to do well?

How often do you think in terms of limitations instead of possibilities?  Why do we feel that limitations are so important?

For further thought:

No matter what the level of your ability, you have more potential than you can ever develop in a lifetime.

James T. Mccay

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