Last summer, I wandered into a lovely shop. To be greeted by this small wall hanging*, which made my heart leap:
Y E S!
Ahhh, contemplating possibility. Love it. Simply saying that potent word swirls a boundlessness around and within me.
Some days, heck some weeks or months, it’s harder to remember that many of the limitations and obstacles we construct are of our own making. And wholly unnecessary. I realize as I write this that I have gotten out of my previous practice of frequently saying the words “possibility” and the questioning mantra “why isn’t that possible?”
So, I am getting back on that train of expansiveness.
Recalling, too, a small but profoundly transformative tip a mentor gave me awhile back that I HAVE held onto. Namely, revising limiting descriptions.
E.g., my old habit was to say (or think) “I am so bad with maps and driving directions.” Now, whenever I hear myself use “always” or “I am” or “they are,” I quickly check in to see if such a generalization is true. Nope–usually not.
Now I qualify such global, inaccurate and shackling statements with “except when I’m not” or “often, they are…” Re: my sense of direction, I might now explain that “I used to be weak reading maps and following driving directions, but I am much better since I’ve had more practice!” 🙂
Since I was turned onto this tool, I’ve noticed how frequently people pigeonhole themselves and others–needlessly so. I often ask folks if that is always the case or even (perhaps annoyingly :)) allow a little fresh air into their mental and emotional “boxes” by adding “except when you aren’t?” or “often, but not always?”
We have the power to unshackle our images and experiences, and instead bask in and savor the abundance of possibility that we can radiate. Sure, it takes effort and awareness. But we end up with a richer, more exciting and vast existence. And a shinier universe.
In case your jet pack of possibility needs a little boost, I’ve included a few quotes here that I hope may ignite it and you. See you out on the frontiers, baby!
“If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would astound ourselves.”~Thomas Edison
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
― Gloria Steinem
“A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.”~ Frederick Nietzsche
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“I dwell in possibility…”~Emily Dickinson
*Wall art: Kelly Rae Roberts, http://shop.kellyraeroberts.com