Saturday, October 16, 2004

Maximize your potentials

Maximize your potentials

By Bob Garon
TODAY Newspaper
Saturday, October 16, 2004 12:50 AM

It is amazing what even one little letter can do. Take the word “can.” Then add the letter t and you create an incredible difference: “can’t.”

It is just as amazing to see talented people standing around with skills that are wasted because they remain unused.

Take a look around and you will see highly talented people doing little or nothing with their lives. Then look again and you will find those who have comparably less talent but who are very successful. Somehow, they went far ahead of those who had a lot more to work with.

That word “work” is key. Many do not even attempt to work with what they have because they have lost confidence in themselves. They spend their time doing little with the talents they have. It is as if they do not recognize the value of what they are, of what they can do. Like the guy who has an armalite but thinks it’s water gun and is afraid to face the enemy.

Kahlil Gibran wrote: “Mankind have I loved. Ay, much have I loved men, and men in my opinion are three: the one who curses life, the one who blesses it, and the one who contemplates it. The first I have love for his misery, the second for his beneficence, and the third for his wisdom.”

There are those among us who curse life and the hand it has dealt them. They are bitter and angry and find difficulty smelling the flowers and seeing the beauty that surrounds them. They are the ones we need to reach out to because they need help to start living life. They are the takers in our midst who are grasping and insensitive to their fellowmen.

Then there are those who serve and are generous with their time, effort and resources. They are the givers, the incurable optimists who never fail to see the bright side of life even if they are often surrounded by darkness. They are dedicated to making our world a better place and it is because of them that civilization moves forward.

Then there are the thinkers. Those who inspire us to explore new avenues. They are the ones who help us to understand ourselves and our place in the universe. They provide us guidance and encouragement to walk the paths that lead us to greater heights and to higher levels of happiness.

We need to do more with ourselves than to simply exist. Living life means first assessing what we have and then actualizing our potentials. If we have the potentials, the Lord has also provided us the courage to put them to good use for our own benefit and that of mankind. If we wish to live life to the fullest, we need to understand that we have an obligation to ourselves, to mankind and to the Lord above to maximize our potentials and to be the best that we can be. Anything less just won’t do.


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