Battered Into Potential

The hard knocks in life

can give you

your most striking features.



An aphorism, I believe, should never be completely explained and/or unveiled by the author.  An aphorism is a wonderful tool to help us explore our own internal world, partly due to the aphorisms own incompleteness; allowing us to question and tease forward our own thoughts, beliefs and revelations. 

However, having said this, I have decided to share some of my thoughts and inspirations behind a few of my aphorisms; just as a way of sharing.  If you so choose, you can read on. 

I have often felt admiration for  those people who possess great depth and perception.
Or those comedians who make me laugh beyond what my body can sustain.
Musicians and visual artists! Oh, how our souls need you.
Actors who have a multitude of expressions and lives within them.
Authors who take us to unbelievable places; teaching us empathy in the most complex of ways.

These brilliant people often incite envy from the rest of us; their gifts seem so brilliant, so rare – these people seem lucky.

But here’s the catch – generally, these people have lived a life that has taken them to hell and back; not only that, these people found a way to stand upon their personal hell and announce victory.

I am certain, we would not wish for their incredible gifts if we could comprehend the price.

9 thoughts on “Battered Into Potential

  1. Great aphorism, like an artist hacking away at the stone to make the sculpture.

    I am certain, we would not wish for their incredible gifts if we could comprehend the price.

    So true, I have often read something incredible or seen a piece of amazing art and then you find out what the person behind it had to go through before they reached that point and wonder if you would pay that price for being able to lay claim to something like that.

    Really enjoyed your thoughts on this.


    • Thanks J.

      I’ve been a bit nervous about sharing my ‘behind the scenes’ thought on the aphorism – didn’t want to direct people away from their own conclusions.

      Really glad to hear you enjoyed it – ta!


  2. And some of those most striking features are hidden from view, inner features and revelations, no? I loved the irony and paradox that permeate this, teasing the mind into tripping over itself…



    • Perfect comment.

      Yes, I agree; those striking features are always hidden from view.

      … ‘teasing the mind into tripping over itself’ – I would LOVE to be able to achieve that with every aphorism. 🙂

      Thank you, Michael.


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