Pure Potentiality

Sunday morning, to remind myself that anything is possible, I tried to think of something unlikely. Something that, if I did see it, I would smile and remember.

The first thing that popped into my head was a blue arrow. “Strange”, I thought. Not sure why I would think of that, or where that might pop up.

It seemed too basic, so I tried to think of something else. I saw a broken tree… One that had been broken for a while, and sat there in the wild for months, or more. Now that was interesting… Being in Orange County where all trees were well-groomed and we don’t tolerate nature doing its own thing, it was not likely I would see that.

I asked my son”What can you think of that would be strange if we saw it today?” He thought, and answered “A bear”. He didn’t know what I had thought of.

When we got in the car to leave, my son decided to bring a book to read on our way. He chose a book he hadn’t read in a while – Avatar: The Last Airbender:

I smiled as I saw the blue arrow.

We went to a restaurant for lunch. The walls were covered with photos. I smiled again when I saw the photo directly in front of me:


Later, my wife and I decided to go to a movie – kind of a last-minute thing. The movie was set in LA, but they took a trip to the mountains, and walked right past…


…a broken tree.

3 thoughts on “Pure Potentiality

  1. mrkniceguy January 21, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Interesting story! What a great exercise. Makes me wonder what, if we’re willing to stop and expect, will surprise us each day.

  2. Phillip McCollum January 31, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    But what does it all mean!?!?

  3. Wes January 31, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    The meaning is simple:
    You get what you focus on.

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