January 14, 2014

Potential

January 14, 2014 Photo (014/365): "Potential"

« Et le jour est venu quand le risque à rester fortement dans un bourgeon 
était plus douloureux que le risque qu'il a pris à la fleur. » ~  Anaïs Nin

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"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

The buds on these trees have already begun to emerge. With months to go until spring, they cling to their branches, closed tightly against January's harsh realities. Yet inside those fixed buds, the tree's glorious potential continues to grow, until one day, it will no longer be contained. The root of the word potential is potentia: power, ability. What a wonderful notion! Imagine what potential is germinating within us? When will we take that risk and blossom?