Unlimited potential is yours now

If God can do it, so can you.

I'm sorry to report that during grade school, my quarterly report card often had a note to the effect that I was not working up to my full potential. I don't know if you ever had such a comment on your report card, but I must say that this kind of comment is not pleasing to parents.

In my case, it overshadowed anything else on that card that would otherwise have elicited smiles and a happy celebration at dinner that night. I once tried explaining to my parents that if my teacher had written that I was working at my full potential, they would have been insulted by that insinuation. As I said, I tried that once.

This idea of optimizing our potential has become quite an industry today. I think an awful lot of people must have had the same kind of comments on their report cards that I had on mine. If you've ever tried to catch the news on TV early on a Saturday morning, you've probably found yourself stuck in "infomercial land." Seemingly on every channel someone is trying to sell you a faster way to slice vegetables or to maximize your potential. All for six easy payments.

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October 11, 1999

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