May 25

You see things; and you
say "Why?"  But I dream
things that never were;
and I say "Why not?"

George Bernard Shaw


Today's Meditation:

This world of ours is an amazing place, and it's full of incredible possibilities.  When we look at the technological advances of the last couple of centuries, we have to be astonished at some of the things that have become simple parts of our reality.  All of the amazing things that we enjoy now, from wi-fi to cell phones to cars to microwave ovens to flat-screen televisions, have been created and improved by people who weren't satisfied to look at things that were and just say "That's nice."  These people also said, "What if. . . ?" and "Why can't we. . . ?"

Why can't we fly?  Why can't we transmit radio waves through the air and pick them up elsewhere?  Why can't we have computer screens that we can manipulate with touch?  What if we were to combine this with that?  What if we were able to make this in this way?  And once they succeeded, others were able to benefit from their learning in order to make even further improvements and to bring about even more radical change.

We absolutely can apply this principal in our own lives.  When we look at our own situations, instead of saying, "I wish. . . ," we can say "Why can't I?"  And once that question is asked, we can start to think of what would be necessary for that improvement or situation to come about--and then take those steps.  If the steps are difficult, then we may need to ask the same question about the steps.  "Why can't I go back to school and study in the field that would get me this promotion?"  "What if I were to spend an hour a day reading the current publications in my field?"

Shaw was what some people would call a "possibilitarian."  Are you?  Do you look at potential and possibilities, or do you focus on limitations and impossibilities?  Perhaps your acceptance of limitations is the very thing that makes them real, and an effort to make them possible could be the best thing you could do in your life.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy for us to get caught up in limitations as opposed to possibilities?  Why do we believe that certain things are impossible?

How many things do you look at and say "why?"  What might you accomplish if you were to change that to "why not?"

What step can you take today that will put something new in motion?

For further thought:

We fear our highest possibilities.  We are generally afraid
to become that which we can glimpse in our most perfect moments,
under the most perfect conditions, under conditions of great courage.

Abraham Maslow


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