Bird Droppings December 21, 2021
There are always possibilities
“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” Les Brown
I was sitting talking with one of my sons yesterday, remembering when I was their age. I should say that trying to remember when I was their age would be more appropriate. I was thinking back to a day when my son and I had lunch with my mother, and as they would, they got picked on each other, and she always would enjoy the show. My oldest had recently completed his first entire semester of graduate school, and I recall one of his last semesters he was having some difficulty getting registered because his student loans had been electronically fouled up. I was trying to tell him to take each moment as it comes, deal with it and move to the next. He was upset, and as the day progressed, the lesson was learned; it seems the wording in the college catalog allowed him a “loop” hole so he could register and get started in school that semester while the paperwork of his student loan was resolved.
“It is necessary; therefore, it is possible.” G. A. Borghese
Perhaps as I get older, I find nothing is impossible when we set our minds to it. Somewhere along the line, I took a picture of my son crossing a stream, stepping rock to rock. He had fallen in playing several times, but he was still trying to maneuver across even soggy and wet, stepping rock to rock. I have used this illustration so many times and even have a picture of the stream hanging in my room at school as he does in his bedroom. So often, life is like crossing a stream, a stone at a time, and we fall in quite a bit—the ones who are successful in life climb right back up soggy and wet and keep going.
“Oh, man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you if you but knew what you are.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have come to like Emerson over the years, almost as if he wrote some lines specifically for me to use those many years ago, and they have been sitting and waiting.
I altered Emerson’s words slightly, “If we but know what we are,” and what a powerful statement. We go through life trying to understand where and who we are, and many of us spend the better part of a lifetime searching. Some will find themselves at a young age, and the rest of us, it seems like an eternity trying to know.
“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” Dag Hammarskjold
While not a household, Dag Hammarskjöld is the name of the former United Nations Secretary-General during some of the world’s craziest times. The Cold War was one of the most significant historical events between Russia and The United States. His statement of waiting till you attain your goal before you stop to measure is so crucial. So many of us, when we stop to look and see where we are going, become frustrated and slow down or stop altogether.
“Of course, we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.” A.E. Hotchner
Each day when I was teaching. I would post a new quote on my door to offer a challenge to students, open doors, expand wisdom, stick their necks out, and go beyond where they are now. Each day, hundreds of people go by my door, and some will crane their neck to peek inside the door; some will stop and talk as I sit in my office outside my room between classes at my door. What is that thing, what do you teach, and r whose room is? Each day is an effort to open boxes and pry the lids off sealed containers of minds and thoughts.
“If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as a possibility!” Soren Kierkegaard
It has been many years since I heard Dr. Norman Vincent Peale speak in Macon, Georgia, in 1973 when he recognized a small church my brother attended, The Church of the Exceptional, as the National church of the year. That was over thirty-five years ago, yet his ideas are as relevant today now at this moment as I write this cold morning in Georgia.
“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
A possibilitarian always sees possibilities, what an exciting thought in a day and time when we are often subjected to negative and belittling concepts and ideas. So many students quit long before they ever get a chance to succeed. We see many seniors leave high school or at least our school at this time of year due to graduation tests. They have tried numerous times, and while they will have enough credits and may even have been a B student or better cannot pass one of the five Georgia High School Graduation Tests. Many will seek enrollment in a small private school that does not adhere to the same standards and does not require State testing and will graduate in May on time only after they graduate from that school.
“How far is far, how high is high? We’ll never know until we try.” Song from, The California Special Olympics
Some time ago, I followed UCLA’s basketball program more closely than I do now, and on the team was a red-haired fellow who just happened to be 6 foot ten inches tall. He becomes a premier professional player and, in retirement, one of the great commentators of sports Mr. Bill Walton. I recall a night that the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team tied the eighty-eight-game win streak of Coach Wooden and Bill Walton’s team.
“No matter how good you get, there’s always something further out there.” Bill Walton
There is more than one aspect to all lessons and more than one possibility. It is seeking, understanding, and achieving those numerous other possibilities by never simply stopping because you made your initial goal. Now set higher goals to achieve more and better grow further and farther, always lifting continually. I was reading several small pieces this morning as I started writing. We all are givers and takers at one time or another as our lives balance out, try and balance to the giving versus the taking. You will never run out giving, but when you take soon, doors will close. Please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and your hearts and always give thanks Namaste
My family and friends, I do not say this lightly,
(We are all related)