To reach potential

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  • I have this thing
    Inside of me, I’m sure.
    Solid, real, tangible.
    An essence of awesomeness
    That early on my
    Parents knew to be.

    This potential I
    Must work hard to actualise –
    For wouldn’t it be such a loss
    If everyone wasn’t made quite aware
    That the single-most precious
    Object in the world was me.

    Yet something’s never quite right
    In this pursuit of
    Self-absorbed attainment
    Where me and mine come first
    To the detriment of all.

    So lonely this path of self-absorption.
    Others always othered:
    To beat, to compare, to challenge
    – sometimes to love
    Friends, family, strangers
    They cannot reach me
    On this pedestal,
    Whether my arms are open or not.

    Yet fear drives me on
    To achieve the A+ of life.
    I must be something, someone
    To be considered worthy
    Of love and affection
    To find my true place in this world.

    Elusive thus remains the
    Contentment that I seek.
    No job, no role, no other living being
    Can halt the ever-going
    Search for more and better.

    Due to this, with head
    Bowed with humility,
    I solemnly take safe direction
    In objects worth of refuge:
    The three that provide inspiration now
    Regarding the three
    I will eventually become.
    Great potential, yes, is there for sure.
    Having the Tathagata lineage
    Inconceivable is the capacity
    Of this mind of mine.
    But given the job to find it
    – This I or its potential –
    Empty handed I will return.

    Thus with the weapon of understanding
    The illusion-like nature of appearances
    I shall strike at the source
    Of all misery and pain.
    You, self-centered thought
    – Thief! Madman! Ruiner of all joy! –
    I will believe you no more.

    With courage instead
    I choose to cultivate
    The bodhi mind deep and vast.
    The aspiration to the greatest
    Potential for all.

    (Photo by Riza Nugraha.)

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