Sometimes you come across something that captures your attention, heart and mind. Just yesterday I read an excerpt by Timothy Gallwey, a life coach who works in the field of what he calls the “inner game”. I’m not currently reading Gallwey’s book, but in the middle of another book, The Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey, the author pauses to share one of Gallwey’s best insights, one I had not read before:
When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice it is small, but we do not criticize it as “rootless and stemless.” We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed.
When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don’t condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; we do not criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place, and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development.
The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change. Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.
A flower is no better when it blooms than when it is merely a bud; at each stage it is the same thing… a flower in the process of expressing its potential.
The story of the rose is about human potential and about not being defined by what you do, but rather by who you are.
A rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Sometimes words have such power they do truly make you stop and reflect. Sometimes, many times, it’s more than a quote, it’s a message.
What are you truly left to do with your life but to understand you are that seed!
You must allow yourself to bloom, find who and what will water and nurture you so you can live up to your potential. You are who you are from the time you are born until the day you die – and within all that time, within all those days the potential is there, sometimes lying dormant inside you.
Tapping into and expressing your potential makes the world a better place.
Work on becoming more, on who you are and who you are meant to be and never, ever lose sight of that goal. Stay steadfast in your progress, it takes time, but the world is forever in need of one more rose.
Until next time, thanks for taking the time.
Mark Brodinsky, Author, Blogger, Speaker, Emmy Winner, Financial Services
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