We have a number of stores in our downtown that have entertaining and/or thought provoking signs outside. One that I still get a giggle out of is “Trump – making Canada great again!” (printed on a t-shirt). Today there was this one.
I loved the final lines “When nothing is certain … everything is possible” (attributed to Margaret Drabble, English Novelist, Biographer and Critic).
The first thing to cross my mind was “What a beautiful and positive response to an unknown.” Uncertain times tend to be reflected by negativity, and yet here was a statement that the same circumstances could just as easily have a positive outcome (in my mind set).
We are an interesting species as we so easily default to negative thinking. An overcast and wet day is so often seen as a reason why nothing can be done … but there are always “inside projects” surely? Income tax is always a delicate issue … but it is those same taxes which help fund the various government services? The increasing price of gasoline? We must have a vehicle in order to be impacted directly … so is it that bad really?
Of course, positive thinking must maintain a connection with reality. I could be thinking positive in unrealistic situations. i.e. If I jumped off a cliff and on to the rocks below, my higher power would save me! Clearly we are forgetting the attributes of gravity.
I was talking to an individual a few months ago who was going to tackle (for the first time), a specific home maintenance project which he thought he could finish in a few hours. I suggested a couple of days would be more realistic to which he responded “I was just being positive.” I simply saw it as being unrealistic.
It brings us right back to Nike’s “Just Do it” doesn’t it? If we have a project in mind that carries some unknowns (nothing is certain) then if we just did it, not only would the project come off our mental ‘things to do’ list, but we could be feeling very pleased with ourselves (anything is possible).
If we venture out of our comfort zone (nothing is certain), who knows what the reward might be (anything is possible).
So what if you try something and it totally does not work for you? Celebrate anyway … because the unknowns for that are no more; you can feel good because at least you tried; you had an education in the process, and (bonus!) if you decide to try it again sometime, you will know to do things differently!