(Shifted from the Human Potential Page)
Human Potential is limitless.
Let me say that again.
Your potential is limitless.
When I’m around people, and I see them in their element, I see the potential they have to be great. I see it as clear as I see the blue sky, a car passing by, or a bird flying overhead. As a species and as individuals, our potential is limitless, there is no telling the heights we can reach. The key, is helping people find their passion(s) in life. After that, the rest is easy. Their speed, depth of knowledge and potential for growth, is up to them at that point.
I want to provide a stepping stone to help them find their passion, and a support system to help nurture and encourage their growth. Here are two stories that I found (link will be provided at the end) that demonstrate valuable lessons.
Buddhist Monk Story
Enjoy the following Buddhist monk story…
Two Buddhist Monks were on a journey, one was a senior monk, the other a junior monk. During their journey they approached a raging river and on the river bank stood a young lady. She was clearly concerned about how she would get to the other side of the river without drowning.
The junior monk walked straight past her without giving it a thought and he crossed the river. The senior monk picked up the woman and carried her across the river. He placed her down, they parted ways with woman and on they went with the journey.
As the journey went on, the senior monk could see some concern on the junior monk’s mind, he asked what was wrong. The junior monk replied, “how could you carry her like that? You know we can’t touch women, it’s against our way of life”. The senior monk answered, “I left the woman at the rivers edge a long way back, why are you still carrying her?”
The moral of that buddhist monk story: The senior monk had broken rules but for good reason. Once the purpose was fulfilled he put her down and continued on. He never gave it a further thought. The junior monk however did not touch the woman but he had brought up the actions of the senior monk when it was an action of the past. Therefore the junior monk was carrying the burden of what the senior monk had done as emotional baggage.
We have little use for the past except for the purpose of learning from our experiences, good and bad. Just like in the Buddhist monk story, we need to let go of any burden the past may place on us. It’s happened, it’s over, it cannot be changed, we can only move forward and create a compelling future.
The Preacher’s Lesson
A preacher was walking through the desert and came across what appeared to be a magnificent garden. He thought it must have obviously been a mirage so he decided to get closer. When he got there he realised it was real.
He approached the gardener’s shack because he wanted to let the gardener know who created this garden. He knocked on the door and gardener answered.
The preacher said, “I just want to let you know that the LORD HAS DONE A GREAT JOB WITH YOUR GARDEN”.
The gardener said, “I totally agree, if it wasn’t for the magic of the sun, the seed and the soil, I wouldn’t have a wonderful garden, but I’ve got to say, YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT WHEN GOD HAD IT ALL BY HIMSELF”.
The moral of the story: We may like to think that some higher power such as god will provide us with everything we need to excel in life. This is true but not in the sense that so many people believe. God, the universe or whatever you believe, will provide you with the resources and opportunities that you need in life, it’s up to you to mould them, use them and interpret the messages and opportunities that are presented to you. God will not do it all for you. That would defeat the purpose, God knows that you would not grown as a person that way.
I got both of these stories from the site Endless Human Potential