“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”
― Gospel of Thomas
Admittedly, I have yet to read the Gospel of Thomas. However, I came across this quote from the Gospel of Thomas and it resonated well with me. It has a simple, yet powerful message.
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What do you need to bring forth that is within you? Perhaps it is anything that you want to do but are afraid to do. I don’t think I will be good at it. I will look like a fool if I try. Certainly there are others that can do this better than I. I don’t like to leave my comfort zone. I am afraid to try new things. It doesn’t matter because I don’t have the time to do this. I need a change, I don’t like my job. I have always wanted to go there. I want to read that book. I want to help that person but what if they refuse my help. I want to support that cause but it will consume too much of my time. I want to meet that person but what if they won’t like me.
Ignore all of the excuses and construct your “bring it forth” list anyhow. Now you are ready. Take action! Keep it simple. Pick one thing from your “bring it forth” list. Pick the easiest one. Of course it is not easy because you still have not done it but choose what seems like the simplest one to complete. Start. Take one small step forward to do something that will move you toward completion. After you have done it, go back to your list and pick your second “bring it forth” item.
How will this save you? Actually, if you look at how it will destroy you when you do not bring it forth, you will better understand how bring it forth saves you. I will regret when I do not try something new. I will not meet new people. I will not see new places. I will never know if I will be good at it. I will not advance in my career. I will miss an opportunity to help someone. I will not have a new friend. When you destroy yourself, you destroy others. You will destroy another the opportunity to meet you, learn from you, be your friend, love you.