Why can’t we see that the limitations that prevent us from doing things are not truly limitations at all?
Our narrow and limiting thinking patterns was recently highlighted to me by my friend of 25 yrs, Peter Jackson. I could watch Peter play the piano all day. The way his fingers flash across the keys, the way he creates magical sounds – it’s fantastic to watch and listen. The sound that comes from the body of the piano can be classical, old time music hall, jazz, blues or contemporary worship. I haven’t yet met anyone who isn’t wide eyed and amazed when they see Peter play and hear the sounds he produces. Why such amazement you ask? Well, Peter has been blind for over 70 years having lost his sight as a toddler. But while we are amazed that someone who can’t see the black and white keys can create such fantastic music, Peter is amazed that we who can see the black and white keys, don’t create magical sounds from them.
Playing the piano is not a matter of whether we can see the keys or not; it’s whether we want to or not, it’s whether we purpose to play and are prepared topractise. In certain circumstances it might be whether we are musical or not, but in most instances it’s whether we want to or not. What is important is that we shouldn’t be looking for reasons why we can’t achieve more of our potential but look for ways to maximise our potential.