Potentially, The Best Article Ever!

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Uncork the stopper, open the box, let loose the wind from whence your life depends on sailing freer and higher than you ever thought possible. Allow your potential to guide you.

The word Potential struck me this morning during meditation. It lit up in my brain like a big neon pink sign asking, “Do you have any idea who I am?” It dawned on me. No, I really didn’t know, Potential. I had an idea about what it was, but I think I have been missing the mark. If you are anything like me, then you have had people in your life tell you, “You have so much potential, I know you could be doing more,” and this one statement from others has driven the majority of my life. I believed I had this potential and that I should be doing more. But, as hard as I tried and as much as I pushed, working on every aspect of my game the life I was looking for seemed to only get farther away, which confused the hell out of me.

I see it like this now, Potential is not a jar to be filled or a mountain to be climbed, because those things mean that there is an end a finite amount of what I can have. Saying to someone, if you lived up to or fulfilled your potential, is an incredibly limiting statement for me. Because as a human being, as a critically flawed person, I have come to the realization that I will never, ever, be perfect. So, I will never fill the meter, or reach the highest high. Because there is not one for me, because I am imperfect, and in that way, I am unlimited in my ability to grow. There is no cork to pop or box to open, and no ceiling to break through. There is only progress in a specific direction. Stay with me here.

I realize that potential is not fulfilling anything, it is harmonizing on the frequency of the note that I was meant to play.

Imagine you are a tuning fork and you are working on getting all your strings tuned to perfection, but only one seems to harmonize just right, the rest no matter how hard you work or try, just won’t harmonize. Now you could spend the rest of your life tuning your guitar in an effort to make all the strings sound just right, or you could get in line with the cord that is in perfect harmony and pitch with you and follow that bad boy as far as it will go.

Do not deny the world the harmony you were sent here to bring because you are worried about the sound of your weaker strings. Play that damn cord, and have faith that if you keep playing others will begin to join in around you playing their one beautiful chord as well, until you look up and you are making beautiful music with the whole freaking world, You Rock Star!

I spent a lot of my life out of tune, out of harmony with myself. Afraid to play the chord I was given because I was so focused on the chords that didn’t work. The reality is those chords were never mine to play, the chord I was meant to play resonates deeply within me. It is the effortless one, the one that brings me so much joy, and also brings joy to others. When I play my chord to its potential, harmonizing with it until my whole body shakes, then I allow the rest of the world to join in the music and harmonize right along with me.

What does this mean?

So, I’ll wrap it up because I can confuse myself sometimes. Here’s what it is. I am imperfect, always will be. My potential does not require me to fill it up or to reach it. My potential requires me to harmonize with it and play the note as long as possible; It is my best note. Do not allow the feeling of inadequacy in some area’s of your life stop you from playing incredible music, just play the chord you were given and let that mother trucker sing.

Hope you enjoyed this, have a great day.


Published by Matthew Whiteside

I am a writer, a storyteller, a yarn-spinning freakazoid. My life is full of two things today, lessons and blessings. I write fiction mostly but I also love to write about my life and the things I go through on a daily basis. Writing it out inspires and motivates me and that's why I do it. Plus if it does that for me maybe it will for someone else too.

12 thoughts on “Potentially, The Best Article Ever!

  1. First of all it’s not confusing at all! It’s crystal clear and very well expressed! I really loved the way you explained the harmony we were sent here to bring and we are so worried about the sound of our weaker cords 👍👍 We should find what we’re perfect at and just do it! As Einstein said: Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid… this is how we always judge ourselves before others judge us
    Good work 👍

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      1. I’m currently confused trying to find my best chord, I’ve been in a coma for some long time…not sure if it’s writing or changing people’s lives to the best (Kind of Human Rights work) I just want to do something extraordinary, ordinary is bothering me… if it’s not clear, it’s normal because it’s not inside my head

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  2. “Do not allow the feeling of inadequacy in some area’s of your life stop you from playing incredible music, just play the chord you were given and let that mother trucker sing.” ——this being so true and poetically written.

    Our feelings of inadequacy is the greatest hurdle and one thing that keeps us away from greatness. I think it is also our fears of being judge and ridiculed that backs up our feelings of inadequacy.

    Cornerstones of failure.

    Best article indeed! 😊

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  3. Another poetic one…hmmm maybe you should write poetry next? 🤔
    My favorite line: “The reality is those chords were never mine to play, the chord I was meant to play resonates deeply within me. It is the effortless one, the one that brings me so much joy, and also brings joy to others.” This has been my focus this year, or at least trying to be. I denied myself the pleasure of my own joy for so long…it is so freeing to do the things that bring me happiness and joy because they also bring happiness and joy to others. Another great one. Thank you for sharing and writing.

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