Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.  Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed.
Muriel Rukeyser

I love beginnings. The potential in them is wonderful.  Moving to a new country, city, job… all things have the potential to be wonderful. The beginning of a new relationship is the most exciting time.  Even moving apartments has the potential to re-organise and change things.  Every morning brings a new beginning and chances for me to make something wonderful happen.

The seeds in this capsicum will probably not have a chance to germinate, as they will be tossed into my rubbish bin, and eventually become landfill under mounds of plastic, oil, metal etc.  Their potential is most likely lost.

So often we don’t see the potential in situations.  We see problems, or mistakes.  In photography we see harsh light or rainy days; we see such common vistas, familiar streets we feel there is no interest or potential in them. There are so many situations where we dismiss the potentials, toss them away like so much rubbish.

We frequently do this with ourselves and people we see on a daily basis.  Looking deep into ourselves becomes frightening, so we may stop this journey of exploration.  The lost potential for growth and development, for the seeds of change to grow….

As an ESL teacher, I am frustrated by those teachers who do not see the potential in their students because of the lack of fluent English.  Not having the language to express ideas does not mean stupidity.

When I see amazing light or images begging to be recorded and I don’t yet have the techniques, I become frustrated.  But I know the potential is there – one day!

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