POSSIBILITY Film Festival
- Field of Dreams, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Bucket List, The Shawshank Redemption
The TUG of PEACE –
Participants group themselves around a rope that has been tied in a knot to form a circle. Players squat down around the rope, holding the rope with both hands. At the count of three, all players lean back and-using the energy of the group-they stand up. When everyone has stood up (and cheered), players can, on the count of three again, carefully lean back into a squat.
POSSIBILITY in Online Essays. Podcasts, and Videos
- Doug Muder On the “four americas” and the possibility of a united national vision. Four Narratives of America | The Weekly Sift
- “Reparations are required; anything less is an insult” by Shay, Black Girl in Maine Reparations are required; anything less is an insult – Black Girl in Maine
- “Why the Coronavirus Is Humanity’s Wake-Up Call” by David Korten Why the Coronavirus Is Humanity’s Wake-Up Call – YES! Magazine (yesmagazine.org)
- We don’t “move on” from grief. We move forward with it” – TED Talk We don’t “move on” from grief. We move forward with it | Nora McInerny – YouTube
- “Octavia’s Parables” by adrienne maree brown & Toshi Reagon About — Octavia’s Parables (readingoctavia.com)
- The Pattern Problem” – Invisibilia The Pattern Problem : Invisibilia : NPR
Theme for September is POSSIBILITY
Reflect on POSSIBILITY
- How has your belief in the possibility of a better world grown or shrunk over the past couple of years?
- We live with a voice that says “One day I will…” So, what “possible life” has been with you the longest? Why has it remained a dream for so long?
- Many say that the possibility of becoming anew requires us to come apart, to be undone. Do you buy it? Do you fear it? Have you already done it and can testify to its truth?
- What are others learning about living and leaning into possibility by watching you?
- “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small people who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare.” – Muhammad Ali
- “I think it is healing behavior, to look at something so broken and see the possibility and wholeness in it.” – Adrienne Maree Brown
- “I know you’re tired and you ain’t sleeping well. / Uninspired and likely mad as hell./ But wherever you are I hope the high road leads you home again / To a world you want to live in.” – Jason Isbell
- “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.” – Margaret Wheatley
- Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by adrienne maree brown
- Black Futures by Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham
- The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
- The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
Children’s POSSIBILITY Bookshelf
- The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics by Edward Keenan (Grades 5-8, how political policy happens explained for young people)
- Dream On!: A book about possibilities (Being the Best Me® Series) by Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed. (Author), Elizabeth Allen (Illustrator) Picture Book
- Anything Is Possible by Giulia Belloni, Marco Trevisan (Illustrations), William Anselmi (Translator) Picture Book
A Vision Board is craft project that creates a board of images and words to use as a tool to help you focus on your personal vision or dream to take it from POSSIBILITY to REALITY! Susan LaBorde (HAS to be a pen name!) offers this 6-step guide on How to Make a Vision Board – Let me count the ways!
Step 1: Get Clear on What You Want – Don’t be too general. Lot’s of us want more money, but that isn’t a vision. You have to think in specifics. Do you want to be debt free, or to take a fabulous vacation, or to buy a new home? Don’t confuse goals with visions. Goals are the concrete steps that will help you make your vision a reality.
Step 2: Get in Touch with Your Emotions – Get very clear on why you’re making this vision board. If you don’t feel passionately about what you want, you probably need to rethink your vision. A car buff can imagine exactly how it will feel to be the proud owner of that sporty new vehicle but replacing your old clunker might inspire completely different emotions.
Step 3: Gather Your Supplies – Use what you have or what you can easily acquire. First you need a board. Examples: heavy poster board, cork bulletin board, a side of a big cardboard box, a dry erase board, a slate board, a piece of plywood, etc. Other supplies will vary depending on the type of board you’re using, but what you’re looking for are things to express the vision that you can put on the board in some manner. Pictures or photos from magazines, internet (if not your own photos or art, use only non-copyrighted images). Paper for your affirmations – scrap paper, note cards, sticky notes. Cutting tool – scissors, utility knife. Writing/drawing implements: pen, dry erase marker, crayons, paint brush, crayons, markers, pencils. Fasteners to hold the stuff to your board: pushpins, tape, glue, magnets, etc.
Step 4: Make Room On Your Schedule – The board won’t make itself. Yes, it’s hard to find such “me time”, but you owe it to yourself, and you deserve it!
Step 5: Arrange Items on Your Board – Write down your words and sayings. Mingle them and overlap them with the photos on your board, or put them in a neat order in columns, arrange them in any way that looks good TO YOU! There is no “right” or “wrong.”
Step 6: Find a Strategic Location For Your Board – Ideally you will see it multiple times every day, but you don’t need to sit and stare at it for hours on end. The board serves as a daily reminder to help keep you focused. When you look at the pictures, affirmations, and power words you chose, imagine that you already have what you want. Let yourself feel all the wonderful emotions you’ll feel when your vision is your reality.
You can make a vision board with a computer, photo or graphic design program, or a phone app, but cutting and pasting and working with your hands on something will bring an entirely different energy to the project. While it does take a little longer to do it the old-fashioned way, lots of us find it easier to remain completely focused when we’re all in – “mind, body, and spirit”. For more inspiration or ideas or background, search for Vision Board on Google and YouTube
As always, Rev. Tony would love to hear about your experiences. Email him ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or call him (508-344-3668) and let him know what you did and how much fun you had!