Possibility Thinking and Cancer

Did I mention I have cancer? Yes, lol, I thought I might have.

Anyway, I do, and because I do, I get to keep tabs on the status of my blood. Amazing thing, our blood! But, I digress.

My latest results were a cause of significant angst. Many of my results were great, but there was one number that was pretty wonky. Wonky enough to have, and I quote “clinical significance.”

“Clinical significance?”

EEEEE GADS!!!! Can you say eee gads? Yes, I’m sure you can.

Thankfully, regardless of clinical significance, I don’t need to do any medical treatment right now because I am healthy, and, it seems, managing everything quite nicely! YAY!!!!

But, wow, what do you when your doctor says 500 points higher has clinical significance (translation: your cancer is waking up and rumbling a bit) and your number is about two times that amount higher??!!! Well, if you’re me, you stress, but even while you stress, you diligently look for ways to be positive, and to (lol) beat the cancer back into submission.

Initially I was really struggling to be positive. I felt crushed by my doctor’s words, and was having a hard time embracing the goodness of the present moment.

Then I saw it, right there, on the back of my journal …

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ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!!!

I felt the joy of one seeing an old friend. Possibility thinking! Ah yes, that’s the ticket!

I first encountered the idea of possibility thinking while researching for my MA. I read several articles by Anna Craft and her colleagues, and dreamed of ways to increase possibility thinking in myself, and in my students.

Here are some great quotes to give you a sense of possibility thinking.

  • Possibility thinking is thinking that moves “beyond the given, or ‘what is’, to the possible, or to ‘what could be?’  (Craft, A.)  and to,  ‘what can I, or we, do with this?'” (2012)
  • Possibility thinking “refuses to be stumped by circumstances, but uses imagination, with intention, to find a way around a problem.” ((Jeffrey and Craft 2003)
  •  Possibility thinking involves “questioning, play, immersion, making connections, imagination, innovation, risk-taking and self-determination.” (Possibility Thinking)

Fabulous, right? Moving beyond what is to what might be. Refusing to be dumbfounded, bewildered, or overwhelmed. And, I think, embracing the bewilderment, and allowing it push you forward into wondering, questioning, thinking, searching and finding!

So, I’m re-embracing relentless positivity. I’m harnassing the power of possibility thinking.

I’m imagining, and knowing, anything is possible. I’m questioning, thinking reading, talking, praying and doing …. all to move beyond what is, to what could be, right here, right now, and in the future!

A friend and I were talking about possibility thinking the other day. She asked me “What if your research and thinking proves it isn’t possible? What do you do then?” I burst out laughing. “It just means it isn’t possible with what we know now.” She hesitated for just a second, then grabbed her notebook saying, “Oh yeah! (laughter) You’re right. I have to write that down!”

Keep imagining. Keep thinking about what could be. Keep thinking what you/we can do with this. Keep believing in possibility. It’s everywhere.

 

 

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Relentless Creativity

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Over the last 2 1/2 years I pursued (and attained) an MA in Creative Thinking from the University of Central Lancashire. I focused on the classroom environment that might best support creativity and academic excellence. Occasionally I got a bit off track and wanted to stick a pencil in my eye (not really, lol, but you get my point), but, most of all it was a fascinating journey filled with discoveries, joy and inspiration!

I concentrated on three schools/approaches that endeavor to marry creativity and excellence – El Sistema, Reggio Emilia, and Oklahoma A+ Schools. If you haven’t read anything about them you really should! Or, just follow my blog as I’m sure to talk about them here!

I heard Tricia Tunstall (author of Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema and the transformative power of Music – a great book btw) speak at the NJAIS conference in 2012. She shared her experiences with El Sistema (a remarkable music program started by Jose Antonio Abreu). She said some great things, but the most profound idea – which I wrote in capital letters with numerous underlines – was RELENTLESS POSITIVITY! The El Sistema educators are relentlessly positive.

RELENTLESSLY POSITIVE! Wow. I adopted it as my mantra – relentless positivity.

When I decided to start a creativity blog, I struggled to find a title that adequately described who I am, and what I hope to achieve in my life and on this blog. I thought about relentless positivity and relentless creativity. Either would work for me because I see them as rather intertwined. Wanting to highlight creativity, I included relentless creativity in the title. I’m not sure it captures everything I’m imagining, but it’s a good start.

I am relentlessly creative. I love being creative, thinking about creativity, talking about creativity, encouraging creativity and experiencing creativity. And I mean creativity in all arenas – art, science, math, music, life, you name it – everything! Creativity is a way of thinking, learning and being, that has the potential to impact all academic disciplines and all aspects of life. Joy, knowledge, a great scarf, a new recipe, and life changing discoveries are just some of the treasures creativity offers us.

I may not always produce the most beautiful scarf, or craft the perfect recipe, or have the most profoundly creative thought, or make any life changing discoveries, but I will always be relentless in my pursuit of creativity in my life and in the lives of those around me.

Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy my thoughts, photographs, projects and posts, and I hope you join the conversation.

Have a wonderful day!

Molly