You are stronger than whatever circumstances you’re facing. Potential is the one power you always have. The mind-set that propelled me forward came from having nothing to lose.” (Ryan Blair)
This quotation is all about the exhilarating power of potential. We all have it—even (or especially!) when things seem their darkest. Potentiality is a mindset of hope and possibility that we may claim at any time. It is always there whether we acknowledge it or not. Sometimes it pops up unexpectedly. Other times, it is a deliberate choice.
Potentiality, like the most translucent shimmering blue sky, is abundant and recurring. Although it is often ignored and may go to waste, there is no denying that is always there, waiting for the grey clouds of routine, boredom, exhaustion, and distraction to float away, revealing the vast blue sky that is possible any day of the year. No matter the season or temperature, blue skies of potentiality can and do emerge.
We only need to pay attention and to choose it. We need only flick the switch and reframe our whole sense of who we are and what we may become. What our heart, mind, spirit, or soul desires may yet be possible.
If we choose to claim it and believe it, possibility and potentiality exist. Human history and invention is a testament to things once believed impossible. To remain open to the magical and mysterious—the things not yet understood or conceived of—is to embrace the inexhaustible power of potential.
As I have so often reminded young students through the years, everything that is now considered commonplace and so often taken for granted was invented and re-invented in an ongoing cycle of innovation. Everything that is not strictly a part of the natural world was created by someone. Whether inspired by necessity, wonder, or whimsy, human inventions and innovations cannot emerge without a prevailing sense of possibility.
Even in the most trying circumstance, at the end of the longest day or in the most defeating loss, potentiality exists. We can always reframe our circumstances and use them as a launching pad. We can always strive to reach new heights of achievement. Whether we aspire to greater depths in our inner journey or better circumstances in our external world, we must believe that it can and will be so.
As expressed so well by Richard Bach, “Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they’re yours.” By extension, the opposite is equally true. Argue for your potential and sure enough, it’s yours too. Smile a deep inner smile of vast, eternal, blue-skied possibility and potential. No matter our circumstance, we have everything to gain and nothing to lose.
With love (and both the ‘headiness’ and ‘heartiness’ of human potential),