Thursday, April 8, 2010

Impossible? It's Possible!

Wesley: We'll be safe in the fire swamp.
Buttercup: We'll never survive!
Wesley: Nonsense. You only say that because no one ever has.
~Princess Bride


Once upon a time people claimed that the world was flat.
Round? Impossible!
Once upon a time people claimed that man would never fly.
Earth-bound mortals in the sky? Impossible!
Once upon a time people claimed that man would never land on the moon.
Humans in space? Impossible!


What is the impossible thing in your life? What prevents you from doing it? Finances? Time? Family? Friends? Self doubt? Talent?


I once told myself I was unlovable. I once told myself I had nothing to offer the world. I once told myself that althought I was maybe clever and sort of creative, I was not at all artistic. Three impossibilities that were proved otherwise. Three things I was certain of that took cataclysmic, cathartic events to change my view. What prevented me? Fear, self doubt, low self-esteem, apathy. But, here's the clincher... the truth was, I was the one who didn't love myself, I didn't care enough to offer anything to the world,  I didn't even try to be artistic.


I ask again. What is the impossible thing in your life? What prevents you from doing it? Bet I can guess the answer, even if you don't know it yourself yet. The million dollar answer is: Y O U


You're the only one who can stop yourself from living your dreams, from doing the impossible. I've talked a lot lately about getting out of my own way to allow things to happen. It's so true. I spent years thinking and saying, "I'd be doing this if, if only, but but but..." Half the time I didn't even voice my dreams to others, much less acknowledge them myself. Here's the deal. You can't feel the warmth of the water and get to know all the beautiful sea creatures from the comfort of a ship. You've gotta jump in and swim. You can't touch the deep snow and enjoy the view from the top of a mountain by wishing it. You've gotta climb. You can't write a book without starting a sentence. You can't paint a picture without picking up a brush. You can't bake a cake if you don't get out a mixing bowl.


Love your self.
Offer what you have to the universe.
Try.


Easy as that. It's possible, because...


"Impossible things are happening every day."
~Cinderella, Rodgers & Hammerstein

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