More Than Only Human

With what we say and think we keep ourselves and each other down, while we are capable of reaching loftier elevations when we choose our words and convictions carefully.


“We’re only human” is a phrase often used when people try to defend their current limitations and their vices. “We’re only human”, as if to say we’re born with unrepairable faults. “We’re only human”, surrendering to the predicaments they’re in.


It’s one of many phrase that stops us dead in our tracks. It prevents us from making progress and from crawling back out of holes we fell into. It’s even a phrase that pushes us down, because when we are convinced we are with fault, fault will be created by it.


Everything we think actually becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. When we think we’re unworthy, we start to feel unworthy, which makes us do unworthy thing, which gives us the (unsubstantiated) proof that we are indeed unworthy. So, make sure you see yourself as valuable in order to reap the benefits of this circular mechanism, instead of the disadvantages.


We may in our very nature be less faulty than most of us might think. Most of our flaws are nurtured rather than inborn. We unconsciously pick them up from our parents, from our surroundings and from the society we live in. The negative is deeply rooted in what we say to one another and mostly in response to that does it get stuck in our heads (which than again makes us say it to others; and the story continues).


Therefor we must be careful with what we say and think. It makes all the difference between us feeling good and feeling bad about ourselves, and in response between us doing good and causing mischief. Be respectful to yourself and others, use friendly and gentle words and think happy thoughts. Take your responsibility to do your part in shifting the existing paradigm or at least to not add more fuel to the existential fire.


We’re more than “only human”. We’re human. And being human means we have a lot of potential. The potential to be worse than we are, but also the potential to be better. Worse is what we become when we simply surrender to what is and better is what we become when we take matters into our own hands.


The same things that are in the way can also help us aspire towards that unrealized potential: the words in our mouth and the thoughts in our heads. Whatever direction they point towards is the direction we’re heading in. We must simply realign them to alter our course.

Jerry Corstens is a visionary dreamer with a blind passion for self-reflection and contemplating life, a self-proclaimed philosopher with poetic ambitions. He's serious about helping people with the insights he gathered, but playful in the way he communicates his wisdom. It made him leave a career as environmental engineer behind, in favor of becoming a personal development coach and thought-provoking writer.

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