In Others’ Words: Potential
“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer prize winning columnist
I know, I know … this quote should have been posted a couple of weeks ago. Somehow I managed to lose track of it.
But take the “January 1” tag out of it and it’s applicable to the mindset we’re all in right now — the new year/new resolutions/new word mindset. (My friend Evangeline Denmark, who lives her life outside the box, chose a song for the year.) We’re only 13 days into 2012.
There are two ways to look at our hopes for the future: who we haven’t been or who we can be. We can cloud the next 11 1/2 months with our past mistakes or light the way with our strengths, our abilities, our faith in who we’re created to be.
In Your Words: Re-read Goodman’s quote with your 2012 goals in mind. How’s your balance? Are you all about changing your flaws, what you’ve been doing wrong? Or have you zeroed in on your potential, determined to lean into that?0 I like this!