Some people have an arsenal of excuses as to why they can't live out their dreams or walk in their gifts. Most of those excuses are like rotten apples: No stinking good for the whole bunch.
There are a few reasons that apples rot, but the one we'll use for this blog is fungus. Fungus is a type of bacteria that gets into the apple through an open wound or a cut or bruise. Once that fungus gets into the apple, unless a miracle happens, the fungus starts to eat and destroy everything about the apple. It breaks down, exposes, and damages the apple's mind, the apple's body, and the apple's abilities to be a gift to the apple-a-day people. Some apples just give in to the rot and call it a day. Others manage to survive and become the gift of being the-apple-a-day-that-keeps-the-doctor-away gift and serve their purpose on earth.
People, like apples, have open wounds or cuts or bruises that let in fungus and they never serve their purpose on earth. You may be a writer or some other gifted person, but an open wound has allowed a fungus of bacterial thoughts into your mind and heart. What is your fungus or your inner excuses: I'm not good enough. I came from a dysfunctional family. I'm too old. I'm too young. I'm don't have the looks. I don't have the education. I have no money. I'm afraid. I might fail. I might get criticized or rejected. I can't do it. I can't write as well as others. I'm not as gifted.
These kind of inner conversations are the fungus that rot away a beautiful green or red apple. We settle for the fungus and live out what's comfortable: rot and all. We can hide the rot for a long time but then others begin to see signs of it too. As the years past, some people might call that rot... regret.
Life is waiting for you and each of us has a designated audience that desires and needs our gift. They will never receive what only YOU were gifted to give, unless you get rid of the fungus that's growing in your heart and mind. You can do anything you were gifted to do, because it's a created part of you and your genetic make-up. In other words, you have a predisposition for the gift that is inside of you. However, it's up to you. The apple theory - that one rotten apple spoils the whole bunch - is true.
What if your gift is needed by people in Germany or New York, who needs to encounter your gift in order to jumpstart or inspire their own dreams and gifts. But you never serve your purpose or use your gift and thus the people in Germany or New York never serve or use theirs. Get rid of your fungus or your inner excuses, because your gift is needed, and plus EXCUSES are just no stinking good for the whole bunch!
Feel free to pick one of the apples off my tree picture.