Ripples #877: Bundle of Possibilities!
Mar 14, 2016
It’s a wondrous thing to go through life seeing space for possibilities instead of limited options.
-Rachel Macy Stafford, shared by Abby in Cincinnati, OH
Rebellion against your handicaps gets you nowhere. Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world-making the most of one’s best.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick, snagged from Values.com
It’s an unfortunate fact of life that the bad stuff stands out more than the good stuff. The small errors sometimes scream louder than pages of flawless text. The awfulness of the candidates we disagree with seems much larger than the awesomeness of the candidates with whom we agree. We can complain about the rainy Saturday far longer than we can delight in the sunny Sunday. It’s not exactly because we’re negative; it actually makes logical sense that our minds would focus attention on potential concerns; it’s just that this focus will likely distract us from the good stuff.
If you’ve been confronted with a limitation or a restriction or an ending of some kind, it might be useful to let yourself be disappointed for a short while and then when you’re ready to move forward, you can guide your attention towards possibilities that exist, perhaps even new ones that haven’t even reached your dreams.
Limits exist, and they need to be acknowledged. Think of them not as restrictions, but as defined boundaries within which we can unleash our best work and our best selves.
The Ripples Guy
P.S. Thanks for reading Ripples, and thanks for the times you’ve done more than just ponder. Each action you take, whether it is sharing these splashes with others, or simply shifting your thoughts or behavior because of a particularly useful nugget, it helps to keep the Ripples flowing….