Really What If
Imagining what your life would be like under different circumstances is a good thing to do. If nothing else, it blows the cobwebs away, helping you see how you are really living. Combine that with the power of possibilities and it’s guaranteed to get you thinking. So let me ask you:
What if you lived next door to your home? What would you like or dislike?
Strange as it may seem, but consider this: what if you were a different gender? How would your life be playing out right now?
If you were remarkably persuasive and could compel people to do anything, what would be your ideal life look like?
What could you do to your future if you changed your work focus and did “that other thing” you are so interested in?
Where would you go if you had a completely free hand in choosing? Perhaps more importantly, whom would you love to take with you?
How would life be for you if you completely forgave yourself for those mistakes you made? And, if you could put the past behind you, so it rarely if ever entered your mind, what would you feel free to do?
Forgiving is one of those things we easily talk up but find incredibly difficult to do. But supposing you completely forgave everyone everything. What change would that bring in your deepest feelings?
If you could literally live for 800 years, how would that change the way you live today? What would you want to keep or release?
For that matter, where would you choose to put your efforts, just knowing that fact?
Seems to me that a lot of life isn’t particularly tied to what we care about. So what would you life be like if it was filled to the brim with only the things that matter to you?
If you find your life filled at times with the pain of regret, what good could you contribute to compensate?
How much comfort and kindness can you bring to others that, in the process, would satisfy you?
From the list of things that you wish you could do, like learn an instrument, a language, or build some other skill, what stands out as most appealing? And if you already know, what would it take to make a start on it today in some little way?
What do you definitely want to tackle before your life comes to an end? If you did it, would you feel more fulfilled?
So what is stopping you from at least heading in that direction?
The merit in playing with potentials is simply to get your wonderful mind thinking. When you start to question assumptions, chances are you will see possibilities that were there all along (even when we kind of knew about them but didn’t want to admit we’ve been going a different direction).
Whatever you do, refuse to let it all go past you. Instead, decide to make the best of your beautiful potential by exploring possibilities. Talk to someone you respect and apply your imagination to come up with ways that let your life make a grand contribution.
Even if you are happy with your life as it is, applying “what if” questions is a healthful way to explore your potential. And, with the benefit of awareness, they give you dozens of reasons to be very thankful.
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