Friday, April 14, 2006

Can you possibly reach perfection?

"A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials."
- Seneca, Roman philosopher, circa 4 BC - 65 AD

The assumption Seneca makes is that each person desires to be perfect.

Is that realistic? Do you want to be perfect? Maybe not, it would be a lonely place to be.

Let's look again at what he said. "Nor a man perfected without trials." He didn't say that each of us should be perfect. He said that each of us should strive toward perfection, toward the fulfillment of the potential with which we were born and to which we are destined (if we work towards it).

No one who leads a life of crime or of what is generally considered to be sin will ever reach his full potential. Such a person may stretch a little, but they all break eventually.

The only way to strive toward perfection is to work positively on fulfilling your potential. Yes, there are restrictions, but anyone who wants to improve themselves will find a way around those detours. It may take lots of time, but what else do you have to do while you are here on Earth?

Some will stop at the detours, thinking it's over for them. Too bad.

Your life is not over until you no longer wake up in the morning. Until then, you can change your own future. And you can change the futures of others.

You just have to want to do it badly enough.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to get you started toward fulfilling your potential.
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