"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
younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve
believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
Alice in Wonderland
Impossible. This is a fabulous quote from this wild and crazy story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. Do you entertain impossible ideas? Do you allow your mind to travel to the place of ‘impossible possibility’?Alice’s story has the gift of being both for children and for adults. While following Alice’s antics and discoveries, we see the nuggets of wisdom tucked into this often very convoluted story.Children hear the story from one perspective and are affirmed. Adults read the story and can be challenged to remember what it was like to be open to the adventure of the impossible.
While most of us don’t encounter rabbits that talk or get to dance with the Queen of Hearts, we often face some pretty challenging situations that call us to harbor impossible ideas. As we sit down to hammer out a new plan in our work or try to make sense of a difficult relationship, the gift of impossible thinking can be quite helpful. When funds are short and there need to be cuts to a budget, impossible thinking can open the door to Wonderland. When we set a goal to accomplish something that seems important and big in our lives, it is important to hold on to the idea of being able to achieve the impossible.
I think of all the things that have been impossible ideas in my lifetime…..people walking on the Moon….phones without cords…..the Internet…..cures and vaccines for countless diseases……collecting the wind to create power……cooking food without fire…….the list goes on and on. I can’t even imagine all the ‘impossible’ things those who have lived into their nineties or have reached one hundred have seen.
How many impossible things can you imagine in this moment? What might our lives be like if we, like the Queen, spent a half hour each day imagining impossible things? Impossible thinking is faith thinking. Impossible thinking is creative thinking. Impossible thinking is spirit-filled thinking.
There are many needs within our world that may only be solved by impossible thinking. Poverty. Homelessness. Peace. To name only three. Perhaps today is the day to begin. Only God knows where it will lead. I think it is worth a try. How about you?
Have a wonderful weekend……………