I spent a little time this past Saturday evening sharing the basics of written storytelling with a handful of young adults. Just casual, nothing formal.
I know at their age writing isn't the “cool” thing to be doing so I had to break it down in the most interactive way possible. It was amazing to see those light-bulbs turn on in their minds when they realized what I was giving them was a frame-work to put together a story out of almost anything.
Anyway let me get to the point….
Speaking to these young adults reminded me of when I was their age. I first starting writing when I was in 5th Grade. I was around 11 years old and writing was a great outlet for me because I had an extremely active imagination. I started writing fiction and stopped after a couple of years because my interests changed. What never changed however was my love of words and communicating in general; putting words together to express yourself.
Doing this informal workshop also reminded me about the power of possibilities. When I was younger I had many things that I wanted to do and become. I think on a certain level we’re all like that. But as we get older and the responsibilities of the “real world” kick in, possibilities slowly fall off one-by-one until we’re left with just surviving day-to-day.
One thing that always fascinated me about the Game (and I've never said this on my blog) is that it re-opens possibilities to you. It challenges you to break out of your comfort zone and away from self-limiting beliefs. Things that you may have once believed weren't possible, become possible.
I've written this before, but a Player should always think of themselves as they want to be. They should see greatness in themselves; thinking and pushing themselves beyond average. And they must be willing to do what the next person won’t do, so they can have what the next person won’t have.
Question: When did we stop contemplating on possibilities?
When did some of us forget these things? People are taught to think outside of the box. But isn't it better to actually live outside of the box?
Quick story then I’ll let you get back to your day. It was nighttime in the spring, I think…. I was much younger then. A good friend of mine (and still a friend to this day) and I were headed to the Marta train station. Marta is the main public transportation system here in Atlanta.
As we approached one of the Marta stations to catch the train and make our way home, I caught myself looking up at the sky and the moon that just seemed to hang there in its solitary peacefulness.
At this time in my life I was really just coming to terms with the sheer power of Giving and Receiving. I refer to this Principle as Reciprocation in my writing. It falls in line with what some people call Karma or, “What goes around, comes around.”
Reciprocation is the next level. Why? Because once you know that if you put something out and you’re getting it back… then you should realize that if you know exactly what to put out, you can get back exactly what you want. If you know exactly what to Give to life, you will Receive exactly what you want from life; if you’re willing to “pay the price” for it. Easy, right? (There are some finer details here, but not enough room to get into them).
It was that night when that realization hit me. And what did this single thought do for me? It opened the door to almost unlimited possibilities. Even before I got deep into the Game, I came to this conclusion (ironically the Game teaches this exact same thing).
Many of us have stopped looking at the good, strong and beneficial possibilities in our lives. And instead trap ourselves in self-limiting fear, doubt and beliefs.
Why do we do this when we don’t have to? And this is message I wanted to give in this post. Your self-limiting beliefs are a, “don’t have to”. You don’t have to wage these inner battles within yourself – knowing that you should do something but deciding not to do it. Sometimes all it takes is to look at the abundance of possibilities instead of the abundance of your self-imposed limitations.
If you believe something isn't possible for you, then it isn't! Even if you've never attempted it before. It’s not possible because that’s what you accept. But again, you “don’t have to” think that way.
Instead, find out what you must Give so you can Receive what you want. It’s all contained in the possibilities laid out before each of us, like a dinner buffet. Get in that line and make your plate.
~ A huge thank you to L.E.A.D Ambassador, Lady Sukoya G., for setting this workshop up and allowing me to teach about one of my strongest passions. And to the group of young adults I had the honor to speak with, "I hope you discover your passions and never limit yourself in living them." ~
Until next time…
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