Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Full Potential

I was watching Ellen just now.  I tape it every day, and I admit that I fast-forward through some stuff (don't tell Ellen).  Look.  My time is really limited.  I always watch the monologue and then most of the guests.  But if there's someone I don't know, as a time-saver, I skip them.  Anyway...

I almost accidentally fast-forwarded this segment on the Collins family, who adopted four boys from Ghana.  They adopted the three brothers together, at once.  The mother sold everything she had, including her car, and has taken three jobs to raise these boys.  When they went back to Ghana to pick the boys up, the best friend of the oldest brother asked if he could come with.  He said he'd only eat one meal and clean her house if they'd take him too.


What am I doing with my life?  Who am I affecting?  Am I making anyone's life better?  It's moments like these that I ask myself if I am living my full potential.  And usually the answer is "I don't know," which likely translates into "Probably not." 

A lot of things touch me.
I'm pretty emotional.
I'm pretty passionate.
A lot of things make me cry.

But they also inspire me to be a better person.  To have an open mind and an open heart and accept what God has in store for me.  I'll find it the grace of God.


Julie said...

These last few months have been tough. There have been days where I've felt miserable with pain and frustration and I've wanted to keep in touch with people but socializing has taken a back seat. I've logged onto FB and on more than one occasion, you've acknowledged me or dropped a note to say, "hey". And you might not think it's much but it *is*. You are a light each and every day, Leanne. Have faith that even in the things you see as small, God is using you for something greater than you know. And there is a definite ripple effect to your love and kindness. My life is better because you're in it. Amen. :)

ethiopifinn said...

Julie said it: Have faith that even in the things you see as small, God is using you for something greater than you know.

Living what is true to you, living your values and principals, this is touching the lives of others in such a wonderful way.

MindiJo said...

Julie. *sob* Love her.
And E. It doesn't have to be something grandiose. All the "little" things add up to a lot. It takes all kinds to make the world go 'round. It took me awhile to realize my hopes/dreams for the futures that you and I just discussed. Maybe it'll still come. But, maybe, it's just all those little things that the world needs. You are fabulous to me. And lots of others.

Such a touching story, thanks for sharing.