Mission and Ministry Matters: Discovery of Potential

Monday, January 6, 2014

in News

It’s a new year, and a great time to reflect upon our core value of DISCOVERY OF POTENTIAL. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions, hoping to improve ourselves in some area, such as health, finances, relationships, etc. But we don’t need to wait until the New Year to discover our potential and make the most of it.

DISCOVERY OF POTENTIAL means the capacity to develop, succeed, or become something. Who doesn’t have the ability to do that? Every one of us can continue to develop our talents and become something more than we are now. What does it take? Self-knowledge and determination.

In order to know ourselves, we need to look inside and discover the talents and dreams we have that are waiting to be developed. Do you have a good voice or a talent for cooking? Have you dreamed of performing in a musical or becoming a chef? You can make that dream happen by taking one step at a time.

An exciting aspect about discovering our potential is that it’s best if we don’t do it alone. Often someone else can see gifts and talents in us that we’re not even aware of. Talk to a close friend, a family member, or co-worker. Ask them to describe the gifts they have noticed in you, and see if they are the same ones you feel you have, or new ones that you hadn’t realized. That can give you the encouragement you need to move forward and capture your dreams!

Here at Jennings we make DISCOVERY OF POTENTIAL a fine art. From the smallest baby in The Learning Circle to the newest staff member to the oldest resident…each one’s talents and abilities are nurtured in many different ways. Play time, field trips, continuing education opportunities, chair dancing, Polish club, Scripture Sharing…these and many other opportunities offer everyone a chance to try new things.

I’d like to leave you with two quotes about discovering our potential. The famous painter Pablo Picasso said, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” And an unknown author of great wisdom wrote, “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.”

by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND

Director of Mission and Ministry

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