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Exploring the Possibilities

Entelechy and Your Life to Live. January 15, 2010

I discovered a new word while reading early this morning….and I like it.

en⋅tel⋅e⋅chy  [en-tel-uh-kee]
n·tel·e·chy (ěn-těl’ĭ-kē)
n. pl. en·tel·e·chies
In the philosophy of Aristotle, the condition of a thing whose essence is fully realized; actuality.

In some philosophical systems, a vital force that directs an organism toward self-fulfillment.
1. a realization or actuality as opposed to a potentiality.
2. (in vitalist philosophy) a vital agent or force directing growth and life.

I’m not sure how I’ve missed this word throughout the years though am learning that some things don’t come to us until it’s frankly, just TIME….and then they do.

I sat recently with the thought or thoughts around self actualization….what that means to me, what it might feel like, or feels like when I am there and certainly when I’m not. It’s clearly a feeling thing, but I am realizing that most of my world is around feeling. I always come out strongly on one side of Myers Briggs or DISC profiles, there is no guessing as to my bent.

But how to best realize our individual ‘bents’ is a meaningful question. Often we learn what it ISN’T before we know what it IS.

So, I write and write and write and as I do, the layers peel away and I am privy to what matters most, to how my path might best be directed. That feels a worthy pursuit or endeavor…time well spent leading to actions meaningful, making the mundane just the fuel to catapult us on our path.

And then another word was presented to me today…..’evil’. I considered the backwards spelling of that…’live’. I pray everyday for the courage to live in my absolute truth, despite my fears, despite anything else.

BB Webb


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