Hope Writers Challenge Day 5/5.
What is it? The ol’ dictionary says it is traced back to Latin’s possibilis, “able to be done.”
A possibility then is something that is able to be done.
But because something is able to be done doesn’t mean it gets done, right?
How often do we come up with ideas that we know are wonderful, grand, perfect, and then we don’t do them? (That’s not saying act on every possibility. I’ll get to that in a sec.) Sometimes our ideas never get carried out, and we crave to live vicariously through other people carrying out our ideas.
A possibility is like a hidden person that could transform your life.
Once you start bringing fire into your life through slowing down, being still within and thus more aware, seeing those sparks and providing all the proper fuel to keep your fire going, you start to notice these possibilities hidden in the shadows around you.
In keeping your fire lit, by its light you discover so many things, some little, some big.
Which one to chose? Which one will you choose to invite into your life, to have a relationship with?
- Examine: Know yourself. Is this possibility a good fit for you? Does it align to your end in life. Get to know the possibility – is it really going to take you in the duration you want? This is gathering knowledge, and wisdom is prudent use of knowledge.
- Choose: If something is able to be done, it only gets done if you decide to do it. (This also can work in an evil, negative way: my sister’s roommate wrote on their fridge “If you don’t change it, you choose it.” Don’t want to make a choice? Be wary of passivity that leads to resentment.This phrase haunts me all the time. You know, those situations that annoy you badly, and there are things that you could do to make things better, but, well, they’re too hard, so you just grumble “Whatever,” and settle for the situation? That’s passing up opportunity and building a relationship with resentment. Either way you are choosing it. What do you want in your life?)
There are some possibilities which are very unique opportunities and come only rarely. Sometimes they come dressed up in unpleasant garb, like a princess as a fat ugly, stinky toad. You look at her, examine her, and say “I couldn’t possibly,” and walk away, distracting yourself with the rest of life. Imagine the fairy tales if the hero or heroine had turned down their possibilities – that beauty would stay a toad forever.
Did you notice that I slipped into saying opportunity instead of possibility?
It sorta just slid into that.
A possibility examined, then chosen, becomes an opportunity. If the opportunity serves your end in life, then get after it.
“Carpè the ol’ diem,” as an old friend is wont to say.
Warning! Any opportunity, anything worth doing carries the extra challenge of the curse of our very first parent’s sin that we must labor by the sweat of your brow. Nothing will come easy here on earth. But in trying, we shall not be found wanting.
As Chesterton reassures us,
Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.~G.K. Chesteron, “The Red Angel,” in Tremendous Trifles
Let us be like little children, having our fears, but full of hope and zest to meet and examine possibilities in our lives, and if those opportunities seem “meet and just” than to seize them with glee, assured that we will be given the grace to conquer the dragons along the way.
So, my question for you is, what is a possibility in your life?
I shall be announcing what burbbled up for me very soon!
For your viewing pleasure, to tuck you in bed at night, and to present to you the effort it takes to do what you set out to do, here’s one of my favorite Russian fairy tales. It’s to this I was alluding to earlier in the passage.
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A few extra tidbits:
These quotes have always helped push me along:
“You always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~ Wayne Gretzky
“If you hear a voice within you that says paint, paint, and that voice will be silenced.” ~Van Gogh
There’s an old movie, Tall Tale, that we grew up watching. John Henry says to the boy hero at one point: “You never know what you can do until you do it.”