“There is no use trying,” said Alice; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say 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.”
This piece of dialogue in Lewis Carroll’s story of Alice in Wonderland has always captivated me — believing in six impossible things a day. Now erhaps six impossible things to believe in before breakfast might be a bit much, but perhaps we could try with one a day?
Let’s start by defining what is (im) possible for you. Do you catch yourself saying “That’s impossible” because it is too risky, too expensive, too ridiculous? Examine the reasons for this. Is it based on a fear of change or fear of risking your sense of security? Now ask yourself, is there some part of your life that you would like to move forward that would be helped by believing in one, two, three or even six impossible things?
Start imagining it right now. Imagine something in your life that you would like to be other than the way it is. Imagine doing something you have never done before — it can be as crazy as your imagination will allow. The object of this exercise is to allow you to access the power of your imagination and creativity — be as daring and bold as you like. Just go for it. And while you are entering the realm of impossibilities, take with you the lines of the poem by Emily Dickinson:
I would not paint — a picture — I’d rather be the One Its bright impossibility To dwell — delicious — on —
So tell me, what one impossible thing could you believe in today?