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Can You Hold Others as Able?

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Can you hold others as Able?


This is a powerful concept that is desirable but must be handled with extreme care – it is as sensitive as gelignite.


It is faith-based. That is, you believe it or you don’t, you want to move in that direction or not. It’s completely up to you.


It is validation of another person.


It is the position that that person is capable, in all respects, to deal with what comes their way. They are Able, in your consideration.


One obvious example is: babysitting. Let’s say you are the parent of twin 14 year old daughters. One is studious, makes her bed in the morning, is organized and already knows a lot about cooking; the other is slovenly, inattentive, irresponsible. If you let the first go babysitting in the neighbourhood, you are holding her as Able. Able to get along with the kids, able to handle tasks like getting them to bed, able to handle any emergency that might arise. That is holding her as able.


The odds are lower on the other twin, but it’s one of the mysteries of life that holding someone as able even when you have doubts can sometimes have surprisingly positive results.

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