I[']m[ ]possible

Impossible, for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage,
Impossible, for a plain country bumpkin and a prince to join in marriage,
And four white mice will never be four white horses,
Such falderall and fiddle-dee-dee of course is
Impossible

But the world is full of zanies and fools,
Who don’t believe in sensible rules,
And won’t believe what sensible people say,
And because these daft and dewy-eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes,
Impossible things are happening every day.
— From the Song "Impossible" in Rodgers and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA

IMPOSSIBLE and I'M POSSIBLE. There are only two differences and they mean all the difference in the world. 

It is often easier or simpler to rule out possibilities, to redact my life from what it could be into what is within our narrow limits of reason or belief. We all, however, are artists and art with our lives. As such, we can take up the pen and add an apostrophe and a space to our "impossible." The question is, how? 

How do we create the apostrophe and the space?

Possession and room for belief. 

We begin with the assumption of response-ability*. 

While we are victims, while we are helpless and waiting for God to come, while we are in our own refusal to possess our lives, "impossible" is an easy excuse for one living in their shrunken world. 

One practical way to work on the shift from victim/spectator to author/player is through affirmations. "I'm," after all, is just the contracted form of "I AM." I AM _____________. What are you? Who do you dream and desire to be? What will you take responsibility for? Who and how will you be? You choose. This connects to my second point, though, we must create 

SPACE FOR BELIEF.

In the workshops I've done, one of the exercises we do is for affirmations. We each pick a partner and begin by doing back-and-forth affirmations of our partner. Maybe you've just met this person, and now you are doing your best to acknowledge the "good" in what you see, albeit with limited vision. Or maybe this is someone you know deeply already and you are doing your best to affirm who they are at their best. This part is usually the easy part. Then the real work begins: Affirming yourself. 

Many of us have a hard time with this because deep down, we don't believe we are good, worthy of love, and important enough to be cared for... let alone our dreams mattering enough to come true. IT IS UP TO US to create space for belief, to find an affirmation at the edge of impossibility that both inspires and ignites us to be and become. Maybe it doesn't feel true or easily attainable now, but by affirming it with belief, we can create room for that vision to be made known. 

WE TAKE OWNERSHIP, WE MAKE SPACE. THIS IS HOW THE "IMPOSSIBLE" IS REWRITTEN.

It is in our believing and acting that we find our lived "becoming," stepping past the perception of "impossible" to find a whole realm of possibility.


*I've used the phrase "response-ability" before, but I feel it should be properly cited. I first picked this up from a former pastor and teacher of mine, Gary Wiens. Thanks, Gary!

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