What I Know About You

by lizclark on November 11, 2013

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I know a secret about you.

Wanna hear it?

You didn’t just dream up your potential.
There’s actually something uniquely beautiful about you.  It’s a special Amazing that only YOU can be.

It’s custom.
It’s yours.
It’s not meant to drain and destroy you.
It’s meant to uplift and challenge you.  To take you higher.

What’s more…it’s not just for you. When you’re doing it right, this Amazing inside you will spill over onto others. A joy will radiate from you that lights up rooms and warms cold hearts.

There’s not a “catch” (exactly), but there’s something you should know.

This Amazing is buried deep down inside you, covered in a mess of doubt, fear, apathy, worry, lies, discouragement and confusion.

And who wants to deal with all of that mess?

So, here’s a tip to help you find Amazing.

I see so many of you trying to dig your Amazing out with the wrong tool.

Instead of digging deep and getting to Amazing, you’re trying to use a microwave to force it out.

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Stop.

Stop expecting to get to your most precious, creative, heartfelt ideas out by zapping them with some sort of superfast electromagnetic energy.

We use microwaves every time we expect some guru to clean up our mess in 3 easy steps.

We use microwaves every time we refuse to take personal responsibility for our mess.

We use microwaves when we self-sabotage our dreams by doing just enough work to arouse them and then force-feeding them sedatives like, “I don’t have enough time” and “What will people think?”

We use microwaves when we try to artificially speed up the process of self-reflection and self-development.

Nothing Amazing ever comes out of the microwave.  (Not even Hot Pockets.)

Finding Amazing will take time.  There is no magic wand.  

Instead of using the microwave, I challenge you to become a farmer instead.

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Farmers understand that nothing grows in the wrong kind of soil.  Before they plant a single seed and begin harvesting Amazing, they spent lots of time getting the soil and planting location just right.

Do yourself the same courtesy.  Dig deep inside yourself and see what work needs to be done.  Get a bulldozer to move the doubt and lies.  A sledgehammer to dig through the hard rock of fear.  Add fertilizer to neutralize the apathy and discouragement.  Consult with other farmers to minimize confusion.

Do the work.  Then plant and water and nurture that Amazing deep down in you.  And let it grow.

Know your own potential and respect it enough to take the time to nurture it.

What I know about you is that you’re Amazing.  You just need the time and perspective to find it.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

tim November 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM

i love your microwave analogy, liz. it perfectly illustrates how we’ve grown to expect instant results, whether healing or success or whatever. despite our post-modern, sophisticated sensibilities, that’s not how life works. the truly amazing things come from cultivating the true, hard work.

great post. thanks for sharing!

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lizclark November 12, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Thanks, Tim! So, true. I had the benefit of being very close to my grandparents growing up and saw the difference between working for something and expecting something right now without working for it. Thanks again for your encouragement! I appreciate it!

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Anita@ Losing Austin November 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Such truth Liz! I so wish the microwave would work though.

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lizclark November 12, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Thank you, Anita! I wish it would work, too. But you can do this!

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Scott November 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I love this!! You’re amazing!

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lizclark November 12, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Thank you! YOU’RE Amazing!!!

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Leah Hutchison November 13, 2013 at 8:33 AM

This is really beautiful, Liz. And this is for me today. I appreciate you & all you add to D&B. Thanks for your Amazing.

Love,
Leah

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lizclark November 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Leah! I am so glad you found this post at just the right time. I am so glad to be part of such an amazing community! You are simply beautiful. Thank you for your encouraging comment – it means so much to me! Blessings! ~Liz

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Whitney January 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

I could just cry reading this. I know I have struggled for a long time with my self-worth and potential. I know that I am finally letting the Lord show me how worth it I am. I needed this today. As many times as I’ve visited this site, this blog in particular has never come up. Guess the Lord knew today was the day I needed to read this!

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