Discovering Our Potential
The tree that never had to fight,
For sun and sky and air and light.
But stood out in the open plain,
And always got its share of rain.
Never became a forest king,
But lived and died a scrubby thing.
The man who never had to toil,
To gain and farm his patch of soil.
Who never had to win his share,
Of sun and sky and light and air.
Never became a manly man,
But lived and died as he began.
Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length,
The more the storm,the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars,
Whose broken branches show the scars.
Of many winds and much strife,
This is the common law of life.
Figure it out for yourself,my lad,
You’ve all that the greatest of men have had.
Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
And a brain to use if you would be wise.
With this equipment they all began,
So start for the top and say “I can.”
Look them over, the wise and great,
They take their food from a common plate
And similar knives and forks they use,
With similar laces they tie their shoes,
The world considers them brave and smart.
But you’ve all they had when they made their start.
You can triumph and come to skill,
You can be great if only you will,
You’re well equipped for what fight you choose,
You have legs and arms and a brain to use,
And the man who has risen, great deeds to do
Began his life with no more than you.
You are the handicap you must face,
You are the one who must choose your place.
You must say where you want to go.
How much you will study the truth to know,
God has equipped you for life, But He
Lets you decide what you want to be.
Courage must come from the soul within,
The man must furnish the will to win,
So figure it out for yourself, my lad,
You were born with all that the great have had,
With your equipment they all began.
Get hold of yourself, and say: “I can.”
Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.
Just a metaphorical language to depict the similarities between man and other creations of nature. Nature is the supreme power which decides man’s destiny.
In life we are given trials. We can either be stricken down by them or strong and grow because of them. If we look to our Savior and KNOW that He knows us and He has felt all of the trials in our lives, we can lean on Him and trust Him. He will help us grow.
The message is that people,we grow and reach our true potential by overcoming adversity. It is only through struggles, like a tree fighting through forest growth to reach the sun, that we grow and discover our true potential.