A Thematic Blog - -By Elder Thatcher "By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Pure Potential - That's What I Am
Let me throw several interesting little events at you. I'm going to deviate a little from the way I thought I was going to write this entry.
1) Not long ago, I saw a poster advertizing a movie entitled "That's What I Am." I don't know a thing about the movie (except that Ed Harris might be in it. Man, he's getting old.) but the title struck me. I thought of some wonderful conversations I had with a very good friend of mine in which we discussed that very idea. Who and what are we? We had a very simple conclusion: "We are Pure Potential."
2) As I've thought lately about how to overcome my personal struggles and difficulties, I read once again this quote from the profoundly honest Abe:
"Is is difficult to make a man miserable when he feels he is worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him."
This made me think of another of my favorites, from the powerfully humble and humbly powerful Ezra Taft Benson:
"Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than to realize how well we know our Father and how familiar His face is to us."
3) Usually when I begin to write a blog, I look for a Church-produced video that goes along with the theme for the day. Sometimes I have to search for just the right one. Today, I got on to the Church's Youtube channel and found that this video had been added 7 hours ago.
All these little things have been adding up around me this week. In the words of one of my favorite hymns of all time, "how can I keep from singing?" I know that I am a child of the creator of worlds without number. I know that we all are. I feel that our separation from Him in this mortal life, is our opportunity to come to appreciate that reality more fully. He is constantly showing us evidence of His existence, of His love, and of our relationship to Him. We are pure potential. Simply to realize that allows us to tap into it.
In others' words... "To see things in the seed. That is genius." -Lao Tzu