I live in a world in which all is possible.
The knowledege of the world is at my fingertip (as long as the WiFi works), there are few restrictions as to what I am allowed to do and to reach and the rules of the system are generally designed for me to be able to act.
I say live in this world, because I am aware that not everybody lives there.
I am able to access this world, or to believe in this world, because of my many privileges. I am white, male, European, young, healthy.
I have been brought up in a family where on one side I was encouraged to believe all is possible and on the other I was believed in, I was encouraged to be myself and to act from who I am. I don’t remember situations, until I entered what they called school, where I was told I was not supposed or able to do X or Z.
I travelled, learned I can survive in pretty much any situation I was put in, I learned several of the most important languages of the world today.
Later I went through an education that even further widened my horizon, even further emphasized on the point of unlimited possibilities.
There are outside and inside factors that play into this belief that everything is possible, that I am able to do anything, and in both I have experienced encouragement.
I’m sure, I am one of the most luckiest persons in this world, regarding this.
But like me, more and more kids are brought up in an unlimited world. Maybe it’s the internet, the interconnectedness, globalization, changes in general perception, pedagogies, be it what it may – I think there is a trend to unlimitedness.
So I am in company of people who genuinely believe everything is possible and others who genuinely believe there are limits to what is possible. I recently read the clever phrase that whether you believe you can do it or not, you’re right. There’s a lot of thruth in that.
I find myself in the situation of being constantly busy. With many more things I could do than I actually can manage with the time, energy and focus that I have.
But then, very recently I realized something pretty shocking, confusing for me. I am bored.
Wow, wait. I am running and there is so much fascinating stuff out there – and I am still bored? That goes against my concept of boredom. Boredom is when I have nothing to do.
A lot has been written and said about the overload of information and input we receive nowadays in comparison to back in the days when there was no electricity, no phones, no internet, no computers.
I personally – and I’ve been told many others – have a brain that craves more and more and more input. More and more knowledge, more and more excitement, more and more stuff. To the point of complete exhaustion and actually little satisfaction with it.
In the book “The Fourfold Way” I found a passage about the archetype of the Warrior that comes back to me now.
“Another aspect of communication that is necessary for effective leadership is the ability to understand the difference between yes and no. These two words reveal our limits and boundaries – what we are willing to do and what we are not willing to do. When we say “yes” when we mean “no,” we lose personal power and become victims or martyrs. When we say “no” to someone else when we know the situation calls for us to say “yes,” we become stingy or selfish.”