Am I Manifesting My Potential?
I just returned from my hometown to visit my parents’ graves for Memorial Day. It was an excellent trip that included time with family, 16 hours of driving and plenty of reflection time. I enjoy road trips. It gives me a chance to listen to audiobooks, clear my head and pray. It’s my chance to do the things I don’t always make enough time for in my day-to-day life.
On my way yesterday, I played back a recording of a session I had with one of my mentors, Linda Howe. Linda is an incredibly intuitive, kind, loving woman. She has, on many instances, shared insights with me that changed my life. This session was no different.
We were discussing what changes I wanted to make when I prepare to find the mate I will spend the rest of my life with. I made some significant errors in my first selection and I want to be better prepared the second time around. Linda said, “You have the ability to see past a person’s current behavior and see their potential. In the case of your first husband, you married his potential.”
Linda continued, “The next time around, you will only marry someone if he is already manifesting his potential. He doesn’t have to be perfect, but he does have to be living in a way that is congruent with his beliefs and statements. If he tells you something, he backs it up with his actions. If he believes something, it shows in his day to day living.”
I turned my iPod off and pondered her words for many miles. She is so right. This is the foundation of honest, stable, consistent future with someone. It doesn’t stop with the relationship with a spouse. I think this is what we look for in all of our relationships. Whether at work, at home, or in our community, we need to associate with people who are manifesting their potential.
Of course, I couldn’t help but ask myself if I’m manifesting my own potential. It’s not fair to expect that of others in my life if I’m not walking the talk myself.
It made me so happy (not shallow happy, but soul level happy) to realize that on the most important issues in my life, I am manifesting my potential. I’m certainly not saying I’m “there” or anywhere near being finished with my progression. But I am living my daily life in a way that reflects my priorities.
I love God. My relationship with God is the most important element of my life. I consistently look for opportunities to communicate with Heavenly and follow the promptings I receive. Headed in the right direction? Check!
I have great compassion and respect for others. My heart swells when I can take part in improving someone’s life or circumstances. I actively find ways to encourage, love and support others. On the path? Check!
I cherish my family. Spending quality time with those I love is critical for my joy and sanity. I spend as much time with them as possible. I pray for them. I reach out to them. Making a valiant effort? Check!
I find fulfillment in my work. I believe it is important to carry my life’s mission to my career / professional life. I’m love sharing my talents in way that improves the lives of others. Work life and soul life are strengthening each other? Check!
I take care of myself on a spiritual, emotional and physical level. I’ve made great strides in this area. I still have work to do, though. It’s been a challenge for me. I can nurture and love others, but tend to be overly critical of myself. I’m really happy with the progress I’ve made. Seeing growth in this area? Check!
So my final thought for today: Celebrate the ways in which you are manifesting your potential. Realize that in so many ways, you are living in a way to reach your potential in the areas that are the most important to YOU. I have no doubt that you will see that you are doing an amazing job at living in congruency with that you value. And if you find that there are areas that could use a little work, you can start to make changes.
Until next time,