Have you ever woken up and wondered how you ended up with this life? Or felt that you’re traveling in an orbit that you can’t escape?
We all have a story. For good or bad, this story has a gravitational grip on us that can become our reality. But this story is just that… a story.
I’m not discounting or lamenting the past. Nor am I saying that we should bury the past. It’s quite the opposite. As Freud reminds us, “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.”
What I am saying is that maybe we should make peace and be grateful for our past, but look at tomorrow as a world of possibility. We should recognize that the orbit we’re in can be a launch point. A launch point to a newly available universe of possibility.
“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” ―Arthur C. Clarke
This change in perspective need not be drastic. Even the most minuscule of perspective shifts can start a chain reaction of events that allow you to jump orbits and experience a new way of seeing the world.
A pilot choosing a heading one degree in either direction off their present course, after one thousand miles, would create thirty-three miles of new possibilities.
So, what if?
What if tomorrow we simply look a little to the left or the right. No judgment. No pressure. Just a little peek. What does your heart see? Maybe even pen that new story. It can be anything.
It may take a little time to realize, but it can’t happen without first saying what if.