Thursday, December 09, 2010

The Double-Edged Sword of "What If"

What if - two little words that cut both ways.

"What if" can open a Pandora's Box of opportunity, of creativity, of life.  Creative people of all types--musical, writing, drawing, crafting, and many others--ponder the possibilities of "what if" when they create.  Dreamers ask themselves "what if"when imagining a world different from that evidenced by sight, by sound and by touch.  Without imagining what could be possible, change would not occur.  The opportunity to affect our personal world, as well as the greater world, would be stifled.

"What if" can lead to fear, to depression, to inaction.  "What if... they don't like me...I's all for nothing..I'm no good."  That negative voice in our heads can easily stop us from believing, hoping and trying to achieve whatever it is we want to dream possible.

How we talk to ourselves affects how we feel.  It's a fact that when we think positive thoughts, our brain releases happy hormones.  Vice versa, negative thoughts = negative feeling hormones.  How we feel affects what we do, what we do affects how we feel.  (Cognitive Behavioral therapy, very basically expressed)  So, we have a choice.  Do we choose to listen to the critical voice, and remain stuck in the same mud of our past fears and beliefs, or do we choose to take a leap of faith and believe in the voice that says, "What if the world, my world, could be different.  What if I can be something more."  That voice, like Red Bull, gives us wings.


  1. I totally agree. There's been studies on the power of thought/words and how they are at a cellular level, effect. Words were written on water bottles, the spectrum from 'love' to 'hate'.
    Positive=full, lush cells
    Negative=damaged, broken down cells. It's the same in our daily. Good thoughts!

  2. I have heard of those studies, as well. It is amazing how we believe what we hear and how much the "stuff" we tell ourselves has such an impact.


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