"You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way can illuminate the world" - Oprah Winfrey
I love the visual my mind created when I heard this quote. I saw a little girl with a glass jar filled with fire flies walking through a woodland area, with this look of wonder on her face as she glanced at the star filled sky and the woods around her. It was if she was seeing the world around her for the first time, because it looked so different lit up from the fire flies, the moon, and the stars.
I also heard another quote yesterday while watching a TV show, which is in itself amazing what writers put into the shows if you are paying attention to the words and not just the scene flashing by you - "the practical gets in the way of the possible".
I link these two thoughts together because to me they are illuminating a habit that we have that can get in the way of our passion (the light in you that sparks and flashes). Our minds are designed to solve problems and to get us on our way in the most efficient and practical manner. That isn't to say we are always efficient, because we pick up habits in childhood of how we do things. But set with a new situation, we tend to say how do I get from here to there and do that. We will take the first answer that our mind spits out, and don't usually take the time to sit with something and say "what else is possible"? -
The little girl could have had a mundane flashlight that was so bright it scared away all of the night life and made the stars hard to see. She instead had fire flies, "what else is possible"? That is where these two thoughts come together. We all want to live a life where our passions are sparked on a daily basis. It is these sparks that illuminate us and others, or to put it another way, show us the possibilities. But instead what we do is hush that passion, with "that's just not practical" and look for the practical way to do it. We look for not only the flashlight, but the most powerful one we can find, thinking that this is the best answer for exploring, when instead it just makes everything in the woods hide.
I will use a movie that I hope you have seen to reflect this - "Under the Tuscan Sun" - if you haven't I encourage you to watch it - I am sure it is on Netflicks. In the movie she has a break up, ends up on a trip in Italy which was filled with gay couples and she was straight and by herself. At some point in the movie she voiced what she wanted in life. I don't remember all of the specifics (guess it is time to re-watch it) but she wanted children, laughter, a partner etc...., same things that most of us want. But she had a certain idea of how that looked, (like we all do) and went about trying to create it in Italy at this home that she bought.
At the end of the movie, every single item she wished for had come true, but it didn't look like what she was trying so hard to create. It looked like what she really would have asked for if she had known the language.
I think that is why we have to stay in "what else is possible" language..Because none of us really know the language of our hearts and what the universe is desiring to bring into our lives. Our lives would be in ease, full of passion and grace, if we only took the time to learn this language of "what else is possible."
So step into this world lit by fire flies, moon and stars and open your eyes, mind and heart to "what else is possible". Be full of passion and overflowing with promise to "what else is possible". It is a truly amazing, wonder-filled world out there just waiting for us to see "what else is possible". To create a world of peace, of collaboration, of amazing friends who are also looking for "what else is possible".
So today be like Alice and see if you can accomplish 7 impossible things before breakfast, take a moment and sit in your garden and say, What else is possible?!!!