OK – here’s the thing… our brains and bodies get better at the things we do the most… and what we do the least of we ‘lose’ our abilities in.
Example: Take a perfectly ‘normal’, physically healthy child and put them in a wheelchair and don’t let them out of it for years ( not that any of us would DO that – right?) 🙂 and after several years they will lose the ability to walk or even to stand up on their own two feet. Their leg muscles will atrophy, the nerves that activate the muscles may deteriorate and the bones may even become too weak to hold them up.
Basically, for many things in our lives: if we don’t Use it, we Lose it.
Similarly, the more we DO a particular thing the easier it becomes for us, the better we get at doing what we do.
As children we have almost unlimited ‘potential’: we have not yet ‘done’ all that much and the things we are to become ‘good’ at are mostly underdeveloped. Some of the things we could become good at, for any number of reasons, but mostly because of what our parents do ‘to’ us, we might never get much of a chance to develop or experience and any ‘ability’ we may have had a chance to practice gets ‘lost’.
A child has huge Creative potential – their imaginations are allowed almost unfettered range and they have not been ‘conditioned’ enough by external experiences to know what is and is not ‘possible’ (or possible for THEM).
Most parents will have a very large say in each child’s ‘conditioning’ as to what will become ‘possible’ and what will not be possible for them; in ways few may ever fully realise, child or parent, as well as in ways they are very much made aware of also.
Very few adults have the creative ‘potential’ of the average child, because we ‘learn’ some things as we grow up and we don’t continue to use our imagination and our creativity in the same way we once did. We ‘lose’ that particular ‘ability’. (or focus it into a very narrow ‘range’ of one talent).
Some may see this as a good thing – and for a few situations in our socially interactive lives it probably is, but losing our Creative powers, that once held such huge potential, is quite a sad thing to my mind.
One of the things we use more of, because it is quite an essential ‘sense’, is our sense of sight – we can become quite dependent upon it ( try losing it for a few seconds and see how much we rely upon it). The ‘problem with this is: this makes us place too much emphasis on only ‘physical’ things as being in any way important to our life – if we can’t see it ( in some ‘form’) we generally do not pay as much attention to it as we otherwise might.
We humans have lost or are losing our ‘sensibilities’ through underuse, mostly at the expense of our sight. We don’t hear as well as we could, (can you heart your heart beating this second?), we don’t use our taste or our smell as much as we could, (can you smell illness? Dogs can and even our doctors used to a mere century or so ago, being able to identify different diseases by how a person smelled!) we don’t use our intellect as well as we could, ( “I’m not smart enough to know what you have spent your lifetime learning” – like mathematics or playing the piano etc); we don’t LOVE as well as we could….
If you don’t USE it… you Lose it.. Bit… by Bit… by Bit.
I don’t believe that was what He designed us to do – do you?
When and how do we practice the powers He provided for us?
The power to Create something. The power to enhance our own life and the lives of others for good and not just for ‘self’. (to learn and use our true talents) Use our powers of Love for the benefit of others and therefore to benefit us (and Him) also?
The power to imagine and then work for our Dreams and to show others that the same is possible for any one of us?
If we don’t use and develop such powers we WILL lose them ( more?)