Seeing Possibilities 

A blog for our visitors, friends, partners, and community members to share thoughts and experiences about living with a brain injury, co-creating community services, and other interesting things that come up!


It Starts With Us

I've just added a wonderful site to our Links resources -- Nate St. Pierre's site called

This is from Nate's introduction to his site (I've added the bold):

The goal of ItStartsWith.Us is to build a global community of individuals focused on making a positive impact in the lives of the people around them.

Each and every one of us has the ability to change the world by touching lives in this way. And when we hear more about the positive things others are doing, we become more aware of the opportunities we have to make a difference for the people around us.

Right now I’m starting small with a simple blog, broadcasting stories about people making a positive impact, and hopefully inspiring others along the way. I have some big ideas of where this site can go in the near future, once the community has a chance to build up. Eventually ItStartsWith.Us will become a true database-driven social networking site focused on positive change, with a unique set of tools for that purpose. It will open up previously blocked lines of communication among people with a common vision, and then we’ll see what we can do.

How cool is that?

For me, it brings to mind

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Posted on Monday, June 1, 2009 at 14:37 by Registered CommenterSite Admin in | Comments1 Comment

What Kind of Pot Are You?

My email today had this little story in it:


The Cracked Pot

-- Author Unknown

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfectly made and never leaked. The other pot had a crack in it and by the time the water bearer reached his master's house it had leaked much of it's water and was only half full.


For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure,

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Posted on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 11:43 by Registered CommenterSite Admin in | Comments3 Comments

Seeing Possibilities in Others: Susan Boyle as life lesson?

What do you see when you look at others?

Do you see who they...

  • ...want you to see?
  • ...seem to be now?
  • ...used to be?
  • ...wish they were?
  • ...are trying to be?
  • ...could be?

I think this is one of the most important questions we need to ask ourselves when we work in a community intended to support others.

Because how we see others impacts us by influencing our vision of whom we are surrounded by. Seeing others as they used to be, for example, stops you from learning to respond to them differently -- it blocks your own ability to change.

And how we see others also impacts them -- very directly. Using the same example, if you see me as I used to be, you actually deny my ability to change and you likely will even decrease my motivation to try to change further -- at least with you.

So -- how we see others is a huge part of how we see our own world AND a huge part of creating other's worlds. Talk about being all connected!

But I wanted to share an article I came across that talked about Susan Boyle as a Lesson for employers who don't see the talent and possibilities in their employees.

Here are some of the thoughts they shared (I've added the bolding):

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Posted on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 17:13 by Registered CommenterSite Admin in , | Comments1 Comment

What do you want to tell Pepsi?

Wow -- someone shared this YouTube video with me today.

Pepsi-Max - I'm Good

I'm wondering what Pepsi was thinking  -- has no one there been paying attention to brain injury education materials?

And I worry about the message that "men" ought to be "good" after pretty significant blows to the head, electricity running through them, etc. etc. If you're not, does that make you less a "man"?

What do you think? Am I over-reacting?

What message do you think Pepsi ought to hear?

Leave a comment here, or on the YouTube site, or even write to Pepsi with your thoughts.

Yuck. Pepsi is leaving a bad taste in my mouth...

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 12:17 by Registered CommenterSite Admin in | Comments2 Comments

Book and Covers: How Do You Decide?

This is a lesson in how we decide what we think other people are "capable of".

First -- watch this video about Susan Boyle, a 48-year old singer wannabe...

As you watch it, answer these questions:

1) As she walks on stage, what do you honestly expect to happen?

2) What makes you expect that?

3) How do you react to the shots of the audience?

4) How does your reaction to her change, if at all, once she starts?

5) What links with brain injuries or other disabilities do you see? (Why did I want to share this so much?)

6) What does it mean for your own life?

Then come back, click on Comment and share your thoughts and reactions to any or all of these questions!




Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 13:43 by Registered CommenterSite Admin in | CommentsPost a Comment