It’s a Puzzle. How to do it? Inch by inch.

by Jan on October 24, 2011

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 half an hour a day. Why, sometimes, I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland MazeWhere do you think all the “one can’t believe impossible things” thoughts come from? Is it what we have learned from the world around us? Does it come from our heartfelt hopes and dreams—or imagination?

I began to wonder about how “impossible” is determined, as my Santa Fe friend Diana told me the following story:

She had just moved to a new home less than a mile from her old home. She had several huge trees in cement planters that she wanted to bring along. No matter how she used her imagination and brainpower she could not figure out how they could be moved at a reasonable price.

Yet, INCH-BY-INCH the impossible became possible. Several men, with ingenuity and great physical power, did the impossible— with only a truck and ropes–they moved those trees across town and down steps to the chosen spots. Diana never thought it could be possible.  But it was.

Can we ever be sure what is impossible?  Have we left no room for the possible when we declare—it is impossible?  Too often we fall victim to the discouragement of impossibility and bite into the “poisoned apple” of hopeless thinking.

I hear “This is hopeless, so why keep trying?”  “That will never work—it is too expensive.”  “It will never work, so why try.” Or one man who told me, “Things are not going to get any better, of that I am sure.”

Not me—most of the time!  I have no idea if things will get better, but what I do know for sure is that if I give up there is NO chance that it will work.

This quote by Dr. Doreen Stern sums it up well,  “the impossible becomes possible every day of the year if you live your life as if miracles exist; if you listen to your dreams and take small steps toward them. Steps so small you can’t fail.”

A growing number of voices are saying “Don’t stop, don’t give up.” (Remember that video of the sweet little girl singing this?) If you think something is impossible, you might give up. But if you can see it is possible, and move along inch-by-inch; left foot, right foot; one-step-at-a time, then the tortoise will beat the hare.

What we thought was impossible, becomes possible. You might discount the result as luck, but Ancient Greek wisdom tells us that luck is just hard work and opportunity meeting (Seneca). It takes determination and single mindedness to make the seemingly impossible become real.

The Queen in “Alice in Wonderland’ had it right. Practice the impossible and see how often that you can find a way to create it.

Please let me know what happens.