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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Thinking in Possibilities

"The possible's slow fuse is lit by the imagination."  - Emily Dickinson.

 Sometimes I feel like I have a very slow fuse.  (Not in the temper department, don't worry!)  No, I am more sluggish in the possibilities department.  Shorter in these dark winter days.  I read another quote recently which said: "The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination." -Terri Guillemets.

  Which leads to, what sparks the imagination?  Perhaps it is more an activity of the mind.  I know I do this with clay.  Sometimes when I can't sleep my imagination creates the most artistic pieces, and I work through how I would build that.  It is seldom replicated, but it sparks my creativity... and gets me going.

  When I was growing up I happened to read books by Norman Vincent Peale and also a number by Robert Schuller.  They always inspired me, but I was skeptical too..  Oh I liked their happy thoughts, but mine were well rounded with a dose of reality.  "Life is hard, and then you die" - David Gerrold, resonated with me during some of the real hard stuff of life.  And when it is hard, it is easy to slip into a fear-based living that does not always embrace the possibilities.

"Change your thoughts and change your world",  Peale is quoted to say.

  When I was a teenager I suffered a serious bout of depression.  I know what it is like to feel such heaviness that it is like a cloud, a literal cloud you cannot wish away.  This melancholy can attack me, as I believe it does many, in the winter season, when we are more limited by cold and dark.

  I admire those who don't seem to be affected.. they embrace the cold and all it offers.  Me, I find myself dreaming of warmer climes, or counting the days until spring.

  Being acquainted with grief, I know there also seasons of life... and it is not always spring and summer.  I have deep empathy with those who find themselves in the winter of life.  It is difficult to think in possibilities.  Perhaps that is why when we began our little organization to encourage widows and widowers we named it New Hope.  Because hope is full of possibilities... hope that is often birthed in darkness and despair.

  Proverbs 23 says "for as he thinks in his heart.. so is he."  Thinking in possibilities, a good goal for 2013.













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