Mark Arend (arend@CENTURYINTER.NET)
Mon, 10 Aug 1998 16:48:10 -0500
How big is your jar?
Here's an interesting science fair experiment I read about. The student
took a baby food jar, a peanut butter jar, a gallon jar, & a big five-gallon
bucket and filled each one with dirt. Then he planted a bean seed in each
and tried to raise it.
Well you can probably guess that the one in the baby food jar never amounted
to much and the one in the peanut butter jar was stunted too. The one in
the gallon jar did OK but the one in the big bucket did the best. The
plants that sprouted in the small containers just didn't have enough room
for the roots to grow & spread.
You may not realize it but you are all like those plants; you've been
planted in different sized jars--some big and some small. But the jars
aren't physical ones, they're mental ones. The jars are the limits you
impose on yourselves. If you believe yourself to be inferior or if you
believe you aren't able to do something you are indeed inferior & unable to
But you can face up to your shortcomings and work around them or overcome
them. You can say "I'm not very good at this but with work I can improve",
or "I can't do this but I can do that & that, and being able to do those
things compensates for not being able to do this".
So even though you may be in a small jar your're not stuck there. You can
transplant yourself to a larger one. It might not be easy, but it can be done.
So, how big is your jar?
Mark W. Arend
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