Stop for a moment.
Your day is probably busy, filled with one train station and the next, a tangle of papers, emails, commutes, hurried steps along the platform, the train door closing behind you. The same routine every day, you could almost guess it.
It is so easy to get caught up in the mess of life that we forget who we are. We forget to pay attention to our talents, our passions or desires.
We are not robots. We are thinking, living things that sooner or later will get tired of the hard routine. When it gets like this it is easy to feel as if your potential is being wasted.
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop” –
It’s hard not to think about this quote and relate to it in one way or another. I thought about it a lot, wondered what he meant. It stayed with me for months, his words circling my mind, knocking against my chest, telling me to listen to what was really being said.
We, dear readers, are not just one in many. We are individuals with thoughts and feelings and talents that the world needs to see and hear. We are, each of us, full to bursting with potential. We have things in us that no other human has, don’t you see?
We can’t waste our potential on routine and the robotics of modern life. Get back to you, see yourself for what you really are dear readers. You are, as the great Rumi said, the entire ocean in a drop.
Don’t let any of your potential go to waste. I want to end with something else he said,
“Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?”