“Everything is possible for one who believes.” MARK 9:23 (NIV)
Happy New Year! As I was looking for the next teacher/ friend quote for 2020, I came upon this one. It was taken from the New International Version Bible. I respect and know that some of my followers may come from different religions or faith systems, but just looking at the words and their meaning, the quote can be very powerful.
Personally for me, three things came to mind.
1. In my Apple Seeds-Thoughts for Teachers, I found it listed under Christmas, which makes great sense to my belief system.
2. I thought it may be a wonderful option choice for a New Year’s Resolution. This is a resolution that would be ongoing, developed step by step, and celebrated or repeated based on the experiences one has.
3. In my home, I have a plaque as you enter, that says, “We Believe”. This sign is left up all year long. It’s a saying that I still tell my children, along with “Close your eyes, remember this moment and make a memory.”
The quote, “Everything is possible…,” can make sense for both teachers and friends. With everything going on in the world today, we need to make sure that we reinforce and model being positive and having a belief system that includes the thought that everything is possible.
People can tell you anything is possible. But that in itself is not enough to believe that anything is possible. Believing that anything is possible is an achievement through experience. This belief is born of your small everyday successes and victories in which a teacher, friend, parent can help to support you in your pursuit of a task, a plan or even a dream.
Written from an philosopher standpoint, when you accomplish something you initially thought impossible, you literally send the message to your brain that the impossible is after all possible. This message is stronger and roots itself deeper into your belief system when the experience repeats itself over some extended period of time.
So looking back over the course of your life, can you find occasions where you accomplished things you initially thought were impossible, but yet you continued to do them.
Believing that anything is possible is also a very good perspective at life but is not obtained merely by assuming that anything is possible. As Sophie Caldecott (writer for the site, Intellectual Takeout) said, “Being happy is not true optimism.We may not be able to change how we feel, and we certainly can’t force ourselves to be happy, but we don’t have to because that’s not what true optimism is about. What we can do, is to choose to change what we focus on, little by little, day by day. It’s a choice, and sometimes a daily battle, to stay open and receptive and keep looking outwards, to keep engaging proactively with the world instead of retreating inwards and strengthening the hard, protective walls you’ve built to try and shelter yourself from your fears.”
Good instincts, best intentions, confidence, positive actions and support may be some of the key elements from making the impossible, the possible. Think about how you can help a student, a friend, a child believe in the possible. Imagine a world with more people believing in the possible. It will take strength and courage to achieve.