WHITNEY CAIN, PHD

BLOG

impossible things

Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said: ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ ‘I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’
— The Queen from C.S. Lewis's Alice in Wonderland

Why aren’t we thinking the big, impossible things our worthy, whole selves deserve?  Too often what we live by is faultily assumptive or constrained by unnecessary practicality.  We forget we get to face our reality head on and embrace the possible within the impossible.  I’m collecting examples – take a peek.

1)    Even the greatest heartbreaks can make openings for renewal and joy. 

2)    It does seem impossible to me there is a reason for everything.  Why would any well thought out plan require pain and suffering in people who are just going about the business of living?  On the other hand, it’s TOTALLY POSSIBLE to find meaning in our experiences – even when we didn’t sign up for them.

3)    OK, so here’s another one I think might be impossible:  We are never given more than we can handle.  There are times we absolutely get more than we can handle.  Still, it’s TOTALLY POSSIBLE our friends, family, and communities help us carry and manage what we can’t – and shouldn’t – handle on our own.

4)    You can’t teach old dogs new tricks. Wrong!  TOTALLY POSSIBLE.  I taught our 13-year-old Maltese a new trick yesterday. 

5)    Either Thomas Hobbes or Isaac Newton said there are two types of people: dreamers and realists.  Leadership gurus have since coopted this categorization.  Oh for Heaven’s sake, it’s TOTALLY POSSIBLE to be both. I know a wickedly detailed, right-brained engineer who logically solves real-world problems and creates gorgeous abstract art out of her wildest dreams.  Here’s proof (password “GKE”).

Here’s the point:  We don’t have to fall for simplistic theories or conventional wisdom or have our dreams stomped out by somebody talking logistics.  Recognizing the possible in the impossible treats us to a miracle every single day.  It’s totally, impossibly possible and it’s yours for the taking.

Resources & References

Barr, J.  (July 7, 2014).  Dreamers vs. Realists.  The Huffington Post.  Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jarad-barr/dreamers-vs-realists_b_5600370.html

Carroll, L. (1865).  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London: MacMillan Publishing Co.

Gigi Karmous-Edwards’ Art:  http://www.blendingartandsoul.com/proofing/gigi-art

Whitney Cain