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 the 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 do it.  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 you're not stuck there.  You can transplant yourself to a larger one.  It might not be easy, but it can be done.




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