BECOMING - (bih-kuhm-ing): any change involving realization of potentialities, as a movement from the lower level of potentiality to the higher level of actuality.
"Isn't it strange that princes and kings,
And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
And common people like you and me
Are builders for eternity?
Each is given a bag of tools
A shapeless mass, a book of rules;
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping-stone."
"Know this, that every soul is free
To choose his life and what he'll be,
For this eternal truth is given
That God will force no man to heaven.
He'll call, persuade, direct aright,
And bless with wisdom, love, and light.
In nameless ways be good and kind,
But never force the human mind."
"Success has little to do with intelligence. It has everything to do with diligence based on righteous principles." and --
"When I write it down and do what I'm impressed to do, He keeps talking to me."
(Elder Don R. Clarke)
"I do not ask for any crown
But that which all may win;
Nor try to conquer any world
Except the one within."
(Louisa May Alcott)
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." and--
"Well begun is half done." and--
"What lies in our power to do, also lies in our power not to do."
while bent over furrows
laden with warm, brown seeds,
I marveled at the miracle
of potential peas nestled
within tiny seed wals,
swelling upward to reach their source of light.
as I am bowed beneath
the weight of trials,
I marvel, too, at the miracle
of a potential diety
tucked within my soul,
struggling homeward to its source of Light."
("In Becoming", Mary Jo Westenhaver)