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.