Updated: Aug 27, 2019
Norman Vincent Peale:
"Become a 'possibilitarian'. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities- Always see them, for they are always there.""Become a 'possibilitarian'. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities- Always see them, for they are always there."
You know everyone's favorite interview question: Please tell me three words that describe you. Ugh! In the future, when I am asked for three words that describe me, this will be number one. I am a possibilitarian! How lives would change if more people were possibilitarians! (This word is making my spell check very angry!)
Sometimes the world seems so large, we seem so small and our problems so great. But, have you ever been through a situation where there were no options? no possibilities? zero? There are always possibilities...bar death, which we have no control over. There are always options. Some options may appear to be tougher than the actual problem, but what we must focus on is the outcome. We must look at those possibilities and determine which one will give us the outcome that we are seeking. The route from possibility to outcome may be tough, may appear like the Tianmen Mountain Road in Hunan, China (look it up!), may seem impossible, but if the outcome is what we are seeking, the path will be navigable. And if the path we choose becomes too treacherous, there will be other possibilities along the way.
Remember, as a possibilitarian, we, by definition, can not face an issue and NOT see possibilities. We just need to stop, breathe and focus. We need to dig through the drama and find the real problem, not all the collateral damage that stemmed from the problem. Once we find the possibilities to fix that issue, that collateral damage is more manageable. We can clean all that up once we fix the problem. It's that ability to find possibilities that separates the hopeless from the hopeful. That's it...there's my second descriptor.
I am a possibilitiarian. I am hopeful. I am...off to find my third descriptor.