Paulo Cochlo wrote, “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” What dreams, what possibilities are you beginning with in 2019? What hopes do you have for your life, for our community and the world? The possibilities are endless, but what do you choose?
Of all our topics this year, Possibility is arguably most central to our faith. Our Soul Matters collective writes that possibility has distinguished Unitarian Universalists from the start. Historically, we saw potential-sometimes with hardly any boundaries.
When many were preaching that this world was fallen, and we should look instead to the hope of an afterlife, we found ourselves falling in love with the possibility of heaven on earth. Theologically, you might say that we were the people who believed that God hadn’t given up on any of us and so we shouldn’t give us on each other or the world. Psychologically it’s led to us being the people of “why not?” Why not give people another chance? Why not fight what seems a losing battle? Why not risk a little failure? After all, to us the possible has always seemed more likely than not!
So that’s our religion. But what about us personally? How open have you been recently to “Why not?” How’s your faith in possibility doing? As we honor our religion’s trust in what’s possible, we need to allow space for the reality that trusting possibility isn’t always easy for many of us.
Join us throughout January as we explore Possibility from many different angles: from the possibility of words to the possibility of changing our habits to match our values; from the possibility of grand dreams to the possibilities in a name. Here’s to 2019 being a year of possibilities that inspire us.