Consider the Possibilities


The theme of the month in Soul Matters is Possibility.  It’s fitting to begin a new year with the theme of possibility.  People are starting to work on resolutions, the Unitarian Universalist Associations search process is beginning as ministers and congregations look for each other.  Congregations I serve are beginning conversations about narrowing their focus, focussing their ministry, and reinventing themselves for the 21st century. 

I invite you to truly make use of the Soul Matters monthly set of resources for reflection and engaging the theme of Possibility.  Reflect, do a little extra reading, watching a movie, listening to a song – all will help your own personal spiritual practice. 

Just choosing to get out of bed and live each day requires facing and exploring a range of possibilities. Among the tools we need to bring to our living to consider what’s possible in this day and in our lives include the courage to be different, to make change a spiritual practice, and to try new things and risk new experiences.  We each have enough resources within us and around us  to forge a new path and begin a new chapter in our lives. I wish you well on your journey into what’s possible.    

The possibility of new life always requires letting go of the current life.  In Christianity, Jesus teaches us to die to ourselves in order to have new life – this is the concept of being born again. Paganism teaches us that each year the earth requires the dead of winter  that turns to new life of the spring.  Buddhism teaches us to hold no doctrines, not even Buddhist ones – to let things go.  And Let things go is usually necessary in order to explore new possibilities. 

In the book Walk Out Walk On, Margaret Wheatley writes  “There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about. Ask: “What’s possible?” not “What’s wrong?” Keep asking. Notice what you care about. Assume that many others share your dreams…”

I will enter this month looking forward to new possibilities in my own life and I hope you do too. Just imagine what might be……possible.  

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