All That You Can

“The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can become.” ~ Max De Pree …

It is easy for most of us to get caught up in the day-to-day routines of life, avoiding the unknown changes that life has to offer to us all the time. Perhaps we like the sense of security we get from knowing what to expect; or maybe we have come to like who and where we are in life and feel comfortable and safe not rocking the boat. In this state of mind, however, we tend to ignore any cognitive dissonance when it arrives, choosing instead not to question who we might be, and instead settle for who we already have become. We argue that in the turbulent oceans of life, it is often easier for us to remain on shore, as an observer, than to hoist the sails and ride the winds.

The truth, however, is always there; each time I peer into the mirror I see a twinkle in eyes of the person looking back at me, as if to reassure me that there is more to me than meets the eye. I know that who I am now is not who I will be next year–and certainly not the person I have the potential to be. The question I must choose to answer is, “Will the person I am going to be next year, be someone who has grown and more matured; someone who is much further along in life and is experiencing a richer and more fulfilling journey?”

Growth is possible for each of us–spiritually, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. The future “you,” is perhaps even more amazing and wondrous than you could possibly imagine; but we have to choose to let go of the person we are now and be willing to let life take us where we are meant to go, not necessarily where we feel we should go. As Robert Frost once said, “I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” You will be faced with many roads in life, and which you chose to tread upon is completely up to you. Be aware, though, that when you choose the road less traveled, the person that you are at this moment in life will cease to be, and you will become someone new–someone who has embarked on a journey to become more than he or she was before.

Life has the ability to change us in every single way we need to be changed. It may not happen according to our plan; perhaps it might taste a little bitter and we may not like it. But nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

Take one step closer towards the person you are meant to be.

Questions to consider:

Are you willing to give up who you are now to become someone even more glorious? What things might hold you back?

How might we know when it is the right time to move on to something better for us–somthing that will help us to grow and to thrive?

When you think of “all that you can become,” what do you see? How can we begin to foster and grow that vision in positive ways?

For further thought:

“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go is not the end of the world; it is the beginning of a new life.” ~ unattributed

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