Every Acorn is An Oak Tree

Every acorn doesn’t become an oak tree, but every acorn does have the potential to become an oak tree, and what it’ll take for this transformation to occur has to be cultivated.

Although every acorn has the potential to be an oak tree, to most people it’s seen just as an acorn. When holding or viewing an acorn not many say “look, here’s an oak tree” and the other side to this is not every acorn becomes an oak tree. So let’s look at the acorns potential, we have all heard the question “was it the chicken or the egg that came first” but what of the oak tree, was it the acorn or the oak tree that came first? Not that I have this answer, but to me this question shows an answer doesn’t really matter. What does matter is recognizing that there’s an oak tree in every acorn that’s waiting to be let out.

So what will it take to let it out, no one would argue that there’s potential in every acorn to be an oak tree, but what blocks this from happening, this understanding is key why every acorn doesn’t become an oak tree. This is very simple, the reason why every acorn doesn’t become an oak tree is because not every acorn is cultivated in a way to allow it to become as so, nothing more, nothing less. With the one’s that get what’s necessary to become an oak tree, they’re just following the natural course of their existence, they’re reaching their potential. It’s not that the oak tree doesn’t exist when they’re in the acorn form, it’s just that the true essence of their existence isn’t being fulfilled.

Here’s what I’m getting at with this analogy, substitute the acorn with our human existence, notice the similarity with the acorn. We all have potential to grow and reach our full potential, but as with the acorn, we will never reach our potential if we’re not cultivating what will make this happen. Sure we existence in human form, but are we to remain as the acorn or are we going to do what’s necessary to become an oak tree? Not everyone will become an oak tree for whatever reason, but the potential is there for everyone. It’s up to each individual to cultivate what will enhance their life so they can reach their potential and it’s up to you what you become. Just understand the potential is there for all, but reaching it is determined by seeing beyond the acorn and seeing an oak tree. 

Michael Cupo
I grew up in Newark, New Jersey, one of six children. I have been married for 25 years. I own a home, and I have two children. I have been at the same job for 28 years. I am the happiest I have ever been and it is all because of the Love that has always been in my life. I attribute all that has happened to me to that Love. None of what has transpired in the last five years of my life has anything to do with any accomplishments on my part. There was always a lot of love in our home as I grew up, but for reasons unknown to me at the time I was always in trouble. I was at the top of my brother-in-law’s “Who My Sister Shouldn’t Marry” list. I drank alcoholically, gambled, abused drugs and painkillers. I bounced from relationship to relationship. Even after I stopped abusing alcohol and drugs in 1987, my so-called outer troubles stopped, but my self-centered behavior never changed. All I did was substitute one compulsion for another. Although my addiction became more respectable—taking the form of material possessions—I was still trapped, migrating restlessly from one obsession to another. I went to Twelve Step meetings, derived some benefit from them, and then fell away. My loved ones got me into de-tox and rehab programs. But once I was released, the cycle of insatiable craving started all over again. This cycle seemed to work for me . . . until it didn’t. And then my life changed — not instantly or magically, but profoundly. I share this change in It’s Monday Only in Your Mind: You Are Not Your Thoughts. I discovered that I wasn’t dependent upon a substance or activity, but ruled by my ego. My need to reach outside myself for fulfillment was created by a false perception of deficiency. If this sense of lack didn’t exist in me, there wouldn’t have been a need to reach and grasp. My credentials for writing this book are simply that I live this change each day. My view of life is so different from the way it used to be. Through the practice outlined in my book, I have learned to quiet my mind enough to allow my heart to open. The quieter my mind becomes, the more Love becomes the default setting of my life. This is truly a modern-day miracle, a miracle that can happen to anyone who has the urge to change. www.mondayinyourmind.com
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