My 6 Daily Impossibilities

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."
(from Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll)

This quote really made me think.  Why did the Queen think of believing impossible things for thirty minutes a day?  Why would someone attempt to believe as many as six fallacies in the morning?  It seems really illogical.  It's setting oneself up for disappointment.  Why would the Queen do this to herself?

Out of curiosity, I made my own list of six impossible things to believe before breakfast this morning:

1.  Today will be the best day of my life.
2.  All of my students will show up on time with their assignments complete.
3.  Today I will run a mile or two.
4.  I will have a stress free day.
5.  EVERYTHING on my To Do List will be complete today.
6.  I will flush out all negativity out of me.

Coming up with these was a lot harder than I thought.  It took more than half-an-hour (almost two whole half-an-hours).  It was a long and painstaking effort.  It was like my brain was fighting me through the whole process.  I guess it doesn't like thinking irrationally.

After pondering about it a little more, brainstorming and internalizing these impossibilities was pretty powerful; it was all about hope.  It's not about wishful thinking.  It's about taking what I (or society) perceived as impossible and bending my mind to make it a reality.  The more I believe any of my impossibilities, the more I am likely to make it happen.

People who did what was considered "impossible" were perceived as crazy by society.  They were the ones brave and crazy enough to believe that the "impossible" was possible.  Think of the Wright Brothers flying their airplane for the first time or Barack Obama being elected the first African American of the United States.  At one point in history, flying an airplane or having an African American president were thought of as impossible and crazy.  Maybe it isn't so crazy to be crazy after all.

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