Some people look at the world and think: What is not possible. Some people see the same world or set of circumstances and see what IS possible.
I have to confess. I’m great at finding the problems in things.
Maybe it’s me being a critic or a cynic. Or maybe it’s a gift. I can see the logistical issues, the why-it-can’t-work and I’m the one who asks the hard questions.
How will you implement this? What is your plan, I ask.
I’ve been accused of being not looking at the macro but focusing on the micro. But the way I see it, at least in relationships and for homework and cooking dinner and delegating chores, focusing on the micro ensures the macro will work.
I know I’m not alone and I’m not sure it is as simple as optimism and pessimism, though. I could take this and put myself in a pessimist camp. But I’m not a pessimist. I’m a big believer in grace and in big impossible things.
But as a daily liver of life, sometimes the details seem bigger than they are.I think I’ve lived a long time looking at the world and seeing what is NOT possible.
I’d rather look at the world and notice what is possible
So how do we, do I, move from a what is NOT possible to what IS possible type of thinking? How do I zoom out and see the macro?
When life has been lived and real dreams and relationships do get broken by life sometimes, and when I see my daughters struggle at school, and I see my husband struggle at work and I see my own struggles. It’s hard to not see the details. The details are the dailies, they are the dishes in the sink and the dirty towels on the floor of the bathroom. The details are my world.
I don’t have an answer.
In just nine days I’m going to board a plane with 5 other friends headed to Port Au Prince, Haiti.
And I have to confess that I’m a little interested in what I’m going to do with Haiti.
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