Capable of Becoming

“If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – Goethe

Any fool can criticize or spurn another for his shortcomings; the wise man never loses sight of where those around him could be, were they forgiven automatically, received compassionately and encouraged relentlessly to be what they are capable of becoming.

5 thoughts on “Capable of Becoming

  1. David R

    To view others with a genuine appreciation of what is, but to have the vision to see what could be, and to behave toward them in such a way that something greater is encouraged and enabled…this is the mark of genuine leadership.


  2. Ernest

    One of the greatest joys is seeing others, through your stewardship, encouragement, and mentoring, begin to discover the greatness which resides within themselves. It is so easy and somewhat of a cop out to say about another “well, that is just the way that they are” whereas a little encouragement for them to start digging down deeper within themselves to begin discovering the potential would be so much more productive, and also much more fulfilling. And isn’t that the gift that we can be to each other though!


  3. Carmen

    I was thinking of this exact subject the other day, and was reminded of the words within the Christian’s Lord’s Prayer that say “Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive our trespassers”. What heavy weight is within that simple statement. Have you ever stopped to truly think about those words? Would you be happy to be judged by your own willingness to forgive others? For most of us, that would be a devastating event beyond words. Only where and when judgments no longer exist can the path become open for another to bloom again to their own individual potential. Judgments sink both the judged and the judger!


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