What if?

As a parent – heck, as a human – there’s a phrase that pops up time and time again, usually in a negative sense…

What if…?

What if my child gets sick?
What if we get in an accident?
What if I lose my job?
What if…? Just fill in the blank and worry instantly follows.

From the mind of an adult, the What if…?’s are usually negative questions about all the bad things that can happen. But my 7-year old son Collin asks plenty of What if…’s from a much better place.

What if I drank the biggest bottle of olive oil and then I grew to be 3000 years old and then I grew to be 6000 years old and I was so tall that I took the Empire State Building to be my walking stick and I grew a beard that went around the world 3 times and then I burped and it was so big that it crushed the earth and then I went back to being 7 again?

While I don’t like to think of my 6000 year old son’s burp crushing the earth, kudos to him for the big smile on his face as he thought of his latest “What if…?”

What if, indeed?

What if, as adults, we stopped worrying about all the things that can go wrong and started thinking about all the things that go right?

What if we started thinking about the fun things instead of the bad things?

What if, indeed? The world might be a much happier place.

Oh, and what if you hear a huge rumbling in the air? Don’t worry, that’s just my 6000 year old son burping.

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  1. Hi

    There's a great quote I like, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” – unknown

    That's my new “what if!”

    Mary Ann


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