Find The Potential Page 2Author: Byron Pulsifer
I Was Speechless
I had never before been acquainted with prejudice of any kind. I guess I found that really strange because I had moved around a lot to a variety of small communities, small towns and big cities and never had a problem making friends even though I was a complete stranger to the rest of the kids.
So, here was one characteristic of a human being where through no fault of his own carried a label that prevented him from even having friends as a child. His potential was also being ignored by the teacher who also knew he was an orphan. It wasn't that he couldn't learn, or didn't want to - it was because he wasn't encouraged or in some cases, allowed to.
I never knew what happened to him after the school year ended. By the start of the next fall, he was gone and probably to another farm to be their work hand again. I do hope that he finally made it out of that vicious circle where he could be accepted as having value and not shunned because he didn't fit into the usual definition of others.
Discover The Potential
We may all meet people through the years that we tend to apply labels to without really taking the time to get to know them, to discover their real potential because our vision is clouded by how we always put people into pigeon holes that we are used to or comfortable with.
It is our human duty not to prejudge people because they do not appear to fit into our own circle; there is more value to discover other's worth than to remain mired in our own small mindedness. Diversity should be celebrated not put down!
Inspirational Quotes for Reflection:
"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world." Maria Montessori
"The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good." Brian Tracy
"The making of a friend, for me, means being accepting of others, not to prejudge, to give each person an opportunity to express whom they are without jumping down their throat, or assuming that they are unworthy of my time." Byron Pulsifer
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