Do we all have hidden potential?Personal Development

Someone in my writing group gave me the book “642 Things to Write About” by the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto.

The book has 642 writing prompts and the space to write the responses. I got the book last week and everyday, I have been writing something. The amazing thing about this book: it was written by 35 writers in 1 day!

In the foreward one writer shares the story of how the collective wrote the book in one day. One particular paragraph stood out to me:

“…I tell this story because it’s a lesson in hidden potential. You never know what might happen. In a single day, if you hit the right nerve, you could have something-maybe it’s the start of something, maybe it’s the whole thing. And it doesn’t even have to begin with your own idea. You just have to get creative and plunge in.”

Hidden potential. Two words. Two simple words, but to me those words carry heavy weight. What potential is hidden within me that I haven’t discovered yet? What potential do my peers have within them? What can we do to encourage each other to step outside the box, reflect within, and discover our potential?


An urban planning PhD student finding  peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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