As one year ends and another begins, I have been asking myself, “Are you living up to your potential?” I am not entirely sure what that means. I googled the word potential…
- “possible as opposed to actual”
- “having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future”
- In physics, “harmonic function”
- “a pressing possibility, specifically of, relating to … (e.g.) It may rain” (google.com)
I always thought it to mean something like I am doing all of which I am capable? Am I using all the gifts I was given? Am I fulfilling my purpose in life? I interpret all of this to mean doing what is possible. Of course, what is possible in a positive and loving way using our own God-given talents and gifts. I like that physics definition – “harmonic function.” Wayne Dyer often stated in his writing and talks, “Don’t die with your music still in you.”
I know for sure that I still have music in me … maybe not in the literal sense because I am not musically talented. But, I still have things that I want to learn and teach and write. I have some paintings yet to be painted.
I have relationships to develop, love to express. I could take better care of my health by exercising more and eating a healthier diet.
And, I still have much of the world to explore. While I have been fortunate to travel quite a bit, there are still places that I want to go.
So, when I think about living up to my potential, I think it is about creating the life I want to live … doing what is possible … living harmonically … expressing my “music.” It is about creativity.
What is that line in my favorite poem? … “strive to be what no one else but you can be.” I’m sharing the whole poem below … it’s one I have framed in my painting studio.
Happy New Year!
The man who follows the crowd will usually get
no further than the crowd. The man who walks
alone is likely to find himself in places no one has
ever gone before.
Creativity in living is not without its attendant
difficulties, for peculiarity breeds contempt. And
the unfortunate thing about being ahead of your
time is that when people finally realize you were
right, they'll say it was obvious all along.
You have two choices in life: you can dissolve
into the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To
be distinct, you must be different. To be different,
you must strive to be what no one else but you
© Dr. Carla Weaver