“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” … Christopher Reeve
In a world where the norm is that if you can’t see it, touch it, smell it or hear it isn’t real the improbable is too long a reach for most people. In a world where the solidity of the objects around us seems to be beyond dispute and where the improbable is so close to impossible in most people’s minds that it has become unreachable we seem to have lost touch with the miraculous nature of the Universe.
All of my life I have had a knee jerk reaction to the statement “You Can’t”. “Watch me” was always my immediate reaction. Now I’m not saying that, that is a great character trait to have – it has certainly led me into more than my fair share of hot water and fires (as in out of the frying pan into …) – however, it has also led me to achieve heights to which I would not have climbed if left to trudge through life in a familiar rut. I am a big proponent of believing that pretty much anything is possible: my favourite example being – of course – the bumblebee. Scientists have absolutely proven that it is aerodynamically impossible for a bumblebee to fly. Good thing for the bees that they haven’t read the reports.
People are capable of so much more than they give themselves credit for. Circumstances in life all too often seem to be designed to teach people at an early age not to rock the boat, to be a conformist and to do their best by strictly adhering to their own authority figure’s values. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of wiggle room in there for individuality and following one’s own inner guidance. Dreams get left by the wayside as the impracticality of fitting them into the framework of boundaries and limitations become more prevalent. But just imagine if we could take said dreams out of mothball storage, dust them off and put them back up on the mantle where we could see them every day. Imagine!
Now I know that a lot of you are thinking: “Oh yeah then I could look at what will never happen and what I’ll never achieve every day. How depressing is that?” Indeed, if that were to be your only response it would hardly be worthwhile even remembering that you ever had dreams. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Impossible is just a word that doubters made up to describe something that has never been done before or that they perceive will take so much work to do that they don’t think that they can do it. Impossible just means it might take a little longer, or you might have to dream a little harder, or believe a little bigger, but what impossible DOESN’T mean is that you can’t do it.
Remember the bumblebee. It doesn’t know that flying is impossible and so it does it. Christopher Reeves refused to believe that he couldn’t be more than “just” a quadriplegic and so he became more. Gandhi never let the fact that the only insurrections that ever seemed to make a difference were the violent ones deter him from uniting a nation into a non-violent unified whole that drove a domineering country and its policies out. Cherie Carter-Scott says: “Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.” EVERYONE has the innate potential to be extraordinary! You may have forgotten that you have it, circumstances may have buried it in you and others may have worked really hard to convince you that it isn’t true but the good news is that IT IS TRUE. Anyone can believe in what they can see, touch, smell and taste; after all it’s right there. As well anyone, who can gather up the courage for one more try at life; can remember their impossible dreams, breathe life back into them, watch them transform into “improbable” and then walk them into the world where their sparkling presence will become inevitable.
It isn’t only “great” people who can achieve their dreams. ALL people can do this – rich or poor, young or old, healthy or unhealthy – we can ALL achieve our dreams no matter how improbable, no matter how seemingly impossible. We are all born with the ability to dream and we are all gifted with the ability to create those dreams in the world. And when it seems like that creation is too much for one little person to achieve all by themselves it’s good to remember that the Universe is more than happy to co-create with us. We live and breathe in an interactive and beneficent Universe where Life itself waits to assist us in creating better circumstances for ourselves and for those around us.
This week why not have a look at one or two of YOUR “impossible” dreams. What makes them impossible? What would it take to make them merely improbable? Pick one and dust it off, give it another look and then see if you and the Creator of Life can co-create something inevitable and wonderful. Visualize your heart’s desire and start taking the steps to make it real in the world.
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone