The Elusive Possibilitarian

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.”
― Norman Vincent Peale

Possibilius Optimus Maximus

We take a close look today at the ever-elusive mammal Possibilius Optimus Maximus, more commonly know as the Possibilitarian. Take a close look, folks. Its shiny teeth are set just so, making it possible for the Possibilitarian to consume all kinds of beasts and plants, from the smallest herb to the largest predator. You see how it uses its fur for a number of purposes – attracting a mate, disguising itself in times of danger, and for warmth during the harsh winters of reality. But it is in the eyes that its true nature is revealed. Where most mammals have a sort of glazed-over, mind-deadened look, the Possibilitarian’s eyes are alert, searching out the possibilities that they and they alone can see. Can you see it now? There, just there.

Oh. Oh wait. That’s you.

You never told me you were a possibilitarian! Not that I’m surprised, mind you. I should have known from the moment you clicked on my blog.

Well let me just say, I’m glad there are people like you in the world. People who wake up and see a day full of possibilities, instead of just drudgery. I’ll be the first to admit, most days my first thought upon waking is something like “What do I have to do today?” (Well actually, I guess my very first thoughts are more along the lines of “I have to go to the bathroom” and “What’s for breakfast?”, shortly followed by the aforementioned thought).

But there have been days, some crazy awesome days that have started out with “Oh man, I can’t wait for today. I can’t wait to see what I can make of this.” One of those days was November 1, 2011. That was the start of National Novel Writing Month and the day I began the novel I’m currently revising. I woke up earlier than I had in weeks, so excited to start.

Crazy-awesomeness incarnate

I think on that day, I might have been a Possibilitarian myself. Someone who creates a life for themselves, instead of waiting for someone else to tell them what to do. Someone who dreams up what they want to do and then makes it happen. Someone who seeks out the positive. Someone who says forget unemployment, I’m gonna write a novel!

Huh. Who knew? I guess we’re both Possibilitarians. They’re not so scary as I thought they were. Tell me friend, what is it that makes you part of this rare species? What makes you a Possibilitarian?

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  1. Hmm…what makes me a possibilitarian? Well I suppose I’m a possibilitarian in the ways I look for things to do for my friends. And what I can do to make a situation better or brighter 🙂 I love to laugh and I love to make other people happy. Recently I decided to go out on a limb and do something that I never thought I would do again because it didn’t really work the last time, but this time because I have help it’s working a little better and I’m feeling very good about it all 🙂 I’m excited to see what possibilities it turns up 🙂 So I suppose those are some things that make me a possibilitarian.


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