Posts tagged ‘potential’

February 29, 2016

The map of enough lies within you

Build a yurt and embrace the natural world and your own inner nature? Molly Caro May does that in her excellent and insightful book The Map of Enough.

My takeaways: Follow your dreams; they will lead you where you need to go. And, everyone struggles to accept and love parts of who they are; taking time to slow down and listen to what’s going on inside will surely help you get there.

Some wise words from the book:

Make friends with the act of repetition, with the fact that . . . learning [doesn’t] happen in a linear way, that it require[s] going back over our same glitches, feeling our same feelings, until one day they simply [aren’t] there anymore. We all regress in order to grow.

I could never be part of all the important moments. I could only tend my own, even the ones that felt unremarkable.

What would happen if every single human, in one collective moment, revealed the impulses within that didn’t match the image we each show to the world.

What, indeed. . . . There is a vividly authentic life inside each one of us, just waiting to be lived.

May 14, 2014

No end in sight . . .

I love this quote from yesterday’s Yogi Tea bag:

You are unlimited.

No borders. No boundaries. No “full” line. Endless potential.

Believe it.

July 14, 2013

In every crisis lies an opportunity

An encouraging quote from Canadian journalist Jan Wong:

In Chinese, the word for crisis is wei ji, composed of the character wei, which means danger, and ji, which means opportunity.

Danger and opportunity: joined hand-in-hand, one beside the other, in every crisis you face.

The next time you find yourself in a tough spot, remember that the potential for growth lies somewhere within the mess before you. Big or small, the opening is there. Look for it. Then grasp it tight and follow it home.

August 16, 2012

In this moment, what are you becoming?

An observation from a 55-year-old quoted in the book Live and Learn and Pass it On:  People Ages 5 to 95 Share What They’ve Discovered About Life, Love and Other Good Stuff:

I’ve learned that what you are thinking about, you are becoming.

What are you becoming right now?

July 20, 2012

Your ten square feet of personal potential

Charlotte Gill writes in her book Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe:

If you dig out ten square feet of dirt from an old-growth forest, you might find embedded within it a thousand seeds.

One thousand seeds.  In ten square feet of soil.  “Seed rain,” Gill calls it — a veritable downpour of seeds from trees of all ages and lifetimes and locations lying together in the forest floor.  Some of these seeds have fallen from the forest’s current occupants — the trees that stand above and around and about right now.   Others are from trees long gone; these seeds have lain dormant in the soil for decades — sometimes centuries — just waiting for the exact right conditions to come along so roots can burrow and shoots can grow.  Still other seeds have been blown, carried or otherwise transported to this patch of soil by winds, animals, weather, water or myriad other circumstances.

Only a tiny fraction of these seeds will actually germinate, Gill suggests.  But what a beautiful potential they together represent.

Perhaps, like that ten square feet of soil, we too are a bed of seeds all waiting to take root and reach skyward.  But maybe, in contrast to the trees, we don’t have to wait decades or centuries for the right conditions to finally come along.  Maybe we can create those conditions ourselves.  If we water our soil accordingly, our potential for growth is virtually limitless.