A number of years ago, the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company ran an ad that said:
“There was once a man who loved Nature with such a deep and moving love that she told him one of her secrets. She gave him the power to create new plants.
The man, whose name was Luther Burbank…saw that every plant was a child. It had its own face, own promise, its unique touch of genius or character. And, if that promise were tended and encouraged, the plant would grow more useful and beautiful each year.
Luther Burbank…made potatoes grow larger, whiter, more delicious than they had ever been.
He taught the cactus of the desert to throw away its spines, so that cattle could fatten upon it and made the blackberry shed its thorns, so it would not cut the fingers of the pickers.
For him, the plum grew without pits, and strawberries ripened all year…
He left the earth covered with flowers and fruits that no one had ever attempted to grow before. And all because he knew a secret. He knew that everything that lives has the power to become greater.”
Choose to see new possibilities. Put your mind to them. Let them be the focus of your thoughts. And then pursue them! You will be greater for it.