• Tommy Cicero

Honoring our true potential

"Our potential lies between what is and what could be."

- Kim Butler


I am huge on hope and faith. I tell people my glass is not half full, it’s overflowing with goodness. I realize I am an outlier in this regard. It’s so easy to get discouraged by the state of our world or get sucked in by the negativity out there. It’s also possible to be inspired by the amount of goodness out there by people who truly care about improving their lot in life while helping make the world a better place. It’s a matter of our perception and our expectations of what life is all about and how we choose to live it.


Some of us accept our lot in life and live it out as we pictured it would go, for better or worse. We accept our “fate,” whatever that means to us. Then there are those of us who decide we are not the person our past portrayed us to be. We decide how we want our life to unfold moving forward, no matter how many trips we have taken around the Sun. We choose to continue treating life like our oyster instead of a holding cell for something we may still long for but may feel is out of reach.





I chose to stop treating life like I was the victim of unwanted circumstances and misfortune. What I found is I determine how my life is going to play out. I am the producer, writer, director and star of my life. When I was unhappy with the scenery and actors in the production of my life it was on me to do something about it. I was done limiting myself because I was unwilling to rewrite my own script. By living with much more self-awareness and a growth mindset I allow for more possibilities and a better movie to play out.


I understand some areas of our lives are fixed. However, I also see so many of us limit our potential and happiness due to past expectations that do not end up measuring up to what we expected. I feel we all deserve the best! We live this life to experience it all, the sorrow and bliss. But once we experience more sorrow than we bargained for, that should allow us to continue seeking and living in the bliss we worked so hard for in life. Some people feel ignorance is bliss. I found the opposite. I learned awareness is bliss, which keeps me striving, thriving, honoring and living out my true potential.



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