We seem to be a society and a world of cliche, hyperbole and all-around bullshit!
We are so afraid of ourselves and of our potential for love that we seek to protect ourselves in a world of absolutes. We confine our brothers and sisters behind walls of black and white. We imprison ourselves behind bars of limited potential.
But this need not be.
You have probably heard the cliche which says: Grow where you are planted.
That’s authentic horse-caca!
Essentially, “they” (whoever they are) are saying settle for what life hands you and make the best of your situation.
I get the spirit of the phrase. I know that it’s really about changing your focus and attitude. I get it.
But here’s my deal…how ’bout you and I plant ourselves wherever the hell we want and maximize our potential there.
Take a look at this picture from my recent trip up north.
This was taken at the edge of Lake Superior in Michigan. This tree stands atop a huge rocky outcropping, entirely exposed.
Why Conventional Wisdom Can Take a Flying Leap
Conventional wisdom says that it shouldn’t grow there! There’s not enough soil for a tree that big.
Fortunately, nature doesn’t heed “conventional wisdom.” The tree didn’t say, “well, these circumstances aren’t perfect for a tree my size to grow, so I guess I’d better move!”
It didn’t say, “I’ll just grow as much as I can here and make the best of a precarious situation.”
The tree’s roots grew along a rocky “bridge” to where it could find better soil and nutrients to feed its growth.
The rock formation has since collapsed beneath the roots, but they stand, high above the ground reaching to the soil on the other side of the chasm and nurturing the tree exactly where it planted itself.
Here’s the Lesson…
Your potential is not determined by the place you’re planted. It is not determined by your status or station.
Your potential is decided by your will and determination. Just because a tree like you has never grown where you are doesn’t mean it is impossible.
So put down your roots. If necessary, span the bridge from where you are to the resources you need. Then, even if the support system beneath you collapses, you’ll be planted strong and stable as a testament to your own strength.
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