Seven or eight years ago, someone very dear to me found out that her young child had a brain tumor. It was a very rare type, one they were almost completely unfamiliar with in that age group. She was told her daughter's chances of living to age 5 were less than 5%. My friend's response was, "my daugher isn't a number."
That child is alive and well today, well past the 5-year mark. That happened despite the gloom-and-doom prophecies of the medical world, and despite the well-intentioned skepticism of all the mother's family and friends. It happened because the mother believed it would happen, because she refused to listen to what "common sense" was telling her. Similarly, that skateboard park will happen because it is being held onto in the mind of someone who wants it badly enough, and now he has the support of an entire community. It will happen regardless of cost because it is believed in.
At the time, I didn't fully understand that mother when she said her daughter wasn't a number - all I could hear was "5 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent." Well, she turned out to be one of the 5 percent, so ultimately the estimated survival rate meant no more to her situation than to any other "healthy" person. If that mother had focused on her daughter's dismal chances of survival, I wonder where her daughter would be today. And if the chances of getting the grant for the skateboard park were 5%, what difference would that make in the application beyond creating doubt in the minds of those applying for it?
I'm not saying numbers and percentages aren't important, but when we use them to guide our life, we are acting more like robots than human beings. We listen to the "authorities" and don't question whether it even applies to us or whether we can create a different outcome.
In my work, I do psychic readings. I have, for the most part, tried to educate people that I will not "tell them their future" because what I "see" is only based on the choices they have made up until that particular time. If you change the course of your choices, your future shifts, and if I tell you what I "see" in your future, the tendency will be for you to subconsciously create it, whether or not what I saw was accurate to begin with. Just like the 5%. I don't have that kind of power over another person's life, and I wouldn't want it. What I do do is help people work with what they have to trust themselves more, to hear their own inner voice, that of the Spirit of God within them, and not to give in to outer messages of gloom and doom.
Nobody can see into your future clearly - they can only base it on past choices. In the same way, no-one can make predictions clearly about anyone's health or anything else - they can only base it on past experience. Statistics are based on past experience. They communicate the average outcome. But you are not the sum of other people's experience. You are your own person with your own choices. And you are not average.
We all have the power to create anything we dream up. I believe that with every part of me. I have seen it happen over and over and over. When we listen to other people's predictions for our lives, we stop thinking for ourselves. When we listen too much to statistics, when we decide we are a part of the average, that's where we stay, in the Land of Mediocrity, the Land of the Average.
I am not average, and I am no longer comfortable living with that mindset. I am so much happier over here in the Land of the Impossible, where my friend the mother and the people raising money for the skateboard park live. And my dream is that one day everyone will live here, creating the life they've always wanted - despite what the average person thinks (pun intended), it's a short journey to get here, and the only visa required for entry is an open mind and a willingness to truly believe that you are a child of God.