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So what is this going to be? A little bit of everything I think. Maybe that's it. What I'm thinking. What I'm believing. I hope what I'm knowing. And why would anyone care what I think I know? There's no reason in the world that you should. But then why are you here? Cuz you have to be somewhere I suppose. I've never been here before. I may not be back. I might get too busy to care; time is short. That's fine. Nobody can deal with it all at once. There is a lot to deal with.

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I try not to take myself too seriously, but I know I have far too much. So I'm trying to learn how to laugh again, as I had forgotted for a while there. Also I'm relearning to enjoy life; you know, like when we were kids. The biggest challenge ahead is learning how to love God with all my heart, and soul, and mind, and strength. This one is not really that hard when you know the truth. But along with it comes learning to love others as I love myself, and that one is, as they say, "a horse of a whole different color." I think I need to learn to love myself a little more, but the problem may be that I know all these facts about me. Sometimes the facts are simply wrong or they are just stuck in the past. I'm trying to get my facts to line up with the truth. As someone once asked a great man, "what is truth?" If he had only known.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Potential vs. Fear


Just as the olive yields light only when it is pounded, so are man's greatest potentials realized only under the pressure of adversity. ~ The Talmud
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This picture of three Jewish students in one of the ghettos of Eastern Europe, was taken by Roman Vishniac, just prior to the Holocaust, around 1938. Their potential would never be realized because they lived, not just under adversity, but under a regime of fear. Nothing stops potential faster than fear, whether it is the potential of the oppressed or of the oppressor.
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~ rachman
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6 Comments:

Blogger Gracchi said...

What a moving picture- I saw that one too and the face of the child really strikes you. A good selection

7/3/07 8:52 AM  
Blogger rachman said...

Gracchi, thanks for stopping by. I'm moved, like most people, by the images of "lost potential," but I usually try to keep the perspective on potential which is or can be realized.

7/3/07 3:51 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I could not agree more. Fear is our number one enemy.

9/3/07 5:39 PM  
Blogger rachman said...

Hi Rob,

Good to hear from you. Fear is the real enemy and has been for me as well. That is however changing. It's still an every day process, but I sense change all the same.

10/3/07 8:46 PM  
Blogger GhostRose said...

That's right. Fear does kill potential - I should know.

12/3/07 4:46 PM  
Blogger rachman said...

GhostRose, I may be presuming some things, but don't let your potential go untapped. I know "they" say that talk is cheap, but talk you must. Talk to yourself and to any fear that trys to grip you. You take charge of your mind and resist fear. Easier said than done? Yes, it is, but it is doable. Fear does not walk on eight legs. It only wants you to think that it does.

13/3/07 12:56 AM  

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