House of Possibilities

Arunima Sinha climbed a height of 21,110 of Chamser Kangri mountain in Ladakh on 03 September. Rain, snowfall and poor light prevented her from climbing another 600 feet.
She was a national level volley ball player, but had lost her legs when she was thrown out of a running train.

Probabilities of a 24 year girl with an artificial limb climbing Everest is very low. If Arunima had calculated chance of her success, she probably would not have got out of her hospital bed after the accident. She thought of possibilities, achieved the feat. In turn, she has changed the probabilities and is a leading spirit for others like her.

Most of the achievements and inventions happen in the house of possibilities. Probability of running one mile in less than 4 minutes was zero and hence was considered impossible by the scientists, physicians and athletes till Roger Bannister broke the barrier on 06 May 1954. He did not link possibility with probability. When he changed the probability of zero, thousands of athletes thought of possibilities and in a decade more than 200 people broke the “impossible” barrier of 4-minute-mile.

We create probabilities by thinking of possibilities even when wise counsel says otherwise.

I dwell in Possibility
A fairer House than Prose
More numerous of Windows
Superior – for Doors

Of Chambers as the Cedars
Impregnable of Eye
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky

Of Visitors – the fairest
For Occupation – This
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise

-Emily Dickinson


About pgbhat

A retired Naval Officer and an educationist. Has experience with software industry. A guest faculty at different institutes and a corporate trainer with software development companies.
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