- On June 30, 2020
I live just outside Charleston, South Carolina — easily one of the most beautiful places on earth. There are several gorgeous beaches within a 15 minute drive, where emerald green waters splash against glistening golden sands. The shores are especially stunning at sunrise, when the sky changes from purple to rose to tangerine before settling into turquoise hues. Visiting the seashore, even in the cooler months, is always a fantastic adventure.
Enticing as it is, I don’t go to the ocean every day. In fact, weeks or even months often pass between visits. My schedule fills up with other things: shopping, dentist appointments, taking care of three cats (one of whom is diabetic.) Beach trips get bumped for other priorities. But even when life keeps me occupied elsewhere, it’s wonderful knowing that if I really wanted to go to the shore, I could.
‘Could’ is an incredible word. It packs promise, power, comfort. The dictionary defines the term as “used to indicate possibility,” and that’s the stuff of which dreams are made. ‘Could’ is vital in setting goals, developing plans and fulfilling potential. The road to any accomplishment starts with what ‘could’ be.
I’m reminded of this every single day; with each dawn comes endless possibilities. I could write that novel I’ve been mulling over for two years. I could bake bread from scratch. I could clean out the garage. I could take up knitting. I could sit out on the back porch playing with the cats. There are a thousand, thousand things I could be doing with my time. That realization not only fires my imagination, it fills me with a sense of appreciation for my life and the wondrous options available to me, even then they’ve yet to be taken.
Well, I could go on and on and on with this topic, however it’s important to remember that ‘could’ is only the first step. It’s a ladder, not a bench! And right now it’s time for me to replace ‘could’ with ‘will’ and go work on that novel I’ve been toying with forever!