I’m intrigued lately by a little buzz going on in the blogosphere, ignited by Don Miller’s challenge to come up with 5 “What if…?” questions for your life. He calls it The Single Most Powerful Question You Can Ask.
As long-time readers know, I have an aversion to “If only” living, but…… “What if…?” is not the same as “If only….”. The questions are empowering (as opposed to supporting a victim’s mindset the way “if only” does). Think about it.
- What if I stopped responding in the same old way?
- What if for once I went with my gut feeling?
- What if I stopped thinking forgiveness was impossible?
- What if I acknowledge the validity of his point and stop trying to press mine?
- What if stop defining myself by that thing?
(examples only – I’ve not made a list yet)
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In a semi-related item, for the HCB book club I just finished reading Julia Cameron’s thoughts on the MYTH of “If I had a year off, I’d…..”. She suggests this myth lets us off the hook. We don’t have to listen NOW. We don’t have to take responsibility to be available for what’s bubbling up NOW.
I run the risk of overgeneralizing, I know. Still, I am picking up from so many of the people I care about a great need to BREAK OUT in some way. It’s not just a “Spring” thing. It’s more.
Processing that’s been sidelined.
A recipe for collapse.
ESCAPE FROM is a poor substitute for STEPPING INTO.