I was going to talk past, and I actually have a great portion of that post written. But then I began to consider how much of my past was stifled by a contingent, potential future. I love extremely freely, and I believe in people. I more than believe, I refuse to doubt the potential of humanity… But what about the present reality?
Have you ever tried to motivate someone in a direction they weren’t interested in traveling?
Have you wanted something spectacular for someone who was content with mediocrity?
I learned in the hardest way to stop nurturing infatuation with the idea of what someone can be. Unless the person honing the potential is also inputting valiant effort, it’s a battle you’re fighting alone, a battle you cannot win. No matter how much I believe in someone else and want things for them, they will never attain things they, themselves, don’t believe in, desire, or work for… For themselves.
I remember being truly inspired by the conversation I could have with one guy. He was so intellectually intriguing, I enjoyed talking about the world with him. He wanted a new job, a new home, a whole shift in his life, honestly… And I was infatuated with the vision he wanted to realize without ever having to actualize the work it would require. And before him, I was in love more with the potential of my ex than what he was showing everyday. There were countless empty promises of what he would do|be… In the future… Without much indication of his moving in that direction.
But it’s not all about relationships. Consider those you mentor; consider every point in your circle (your friends); consider all the dreamers who never reach to chase them. For me, it’s exciting to consider all that the world and its inhabitants can be. But let’s acknowledge a simple truth: “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:17).
I have no end all, be all words. I can only express my own experience. But I’d hasten you to be aware of what is present. I believe in expectation, I believe in hoping for the best of others… I also believe in careful reflection of the here-and-now.
Even more, don’t be so blinded by what you think of someone else that you stop seeing a future for yourself. Never grow complacent – FLOAT – while you’re still breathing. Your potential you can control! The possibilities of your future are endless, in your hands.
God CAN do the impossible, Do not wait for a future that shows no place in the present. Work, baby, and fulfill that potential!
Until next time,