By Cindy Yantis
Dinner with dear old friends can conjure more than just catching up. Sure, we do a quick rewind since seeing each other last. And, as a sign of the times, we echo many stories being told around many other dinner tables: stories of challenges faced, jobs changed and upcoming choices being pondered. It’s a sort of shared rekindling.
After one such dinner, I walked across Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica to gaze out over the ocean. It was vast and dark and mysterious. But, stealing focus from the ocean was the Ferris wheel whirling on the Santa Monica Pier. It was a sight to behold with its vibrant spinning kaleidoscope of color.
As I marveled from a distance, the kaleidoscope got me thinking about a new way of looking at possibilities.
A kaleidoscope is a cylinder of mirrors reflecting colored objects. The interplay results in a surprising, ever-changing and magical vision. A possibility is an unknown potential outcome that holds promise of success. So, it’s intriguing to think about rekindling your possibilities by looking at them through a kaleidoscope lens.
Here are some thoughts to get started:
- Be limitless – what have you always wanted to do or create in all the areas of your life?
- Brain noodle – ask yourself open-ended questions, then allow some space before trying to answer them. Write down what comes to you over the course of several days. I call this noodling. I’m amazed what comes to mind sometimes when I set the question in motion and then noodle it around for a while.
- Let the colorful ideas flow – turn the kaleidoscope around as you look at trying something in a completely new way.
- Keep learning – take a class or read a book to expand your horizon of possibility.
- Believe – it’s important to have full conviction behind your possibilities. When you believe it can really happen, the energy shifts toward making it a reality.
- Embrace the mirrors – your possibilities are mirrors reflecting your truth. Be honest with yourself and let your heart be your guide.
Finally, stir up your possibilities on a daily basis. Reflect on them. Shine a light of curiosity on them. Expand on them. Accept their promise.
And, breathe, as they become reality.