The Impossible Dream

Mother Goose is pondering the “impossible” today. I have a bloggish friend who frequently reminds his readers that if they aren’t reaching for the impossible, they are probably not reaching high enough. He deals in life balance issues: work, health, spiritual, organization and how we think of ourselves.

You may say, “Mother Goose, there is so much that is impossible for me. How can I set an impossible goal and then achieve it?” It sounds like an irony or maybe even an oxymoron, doesn’t it?

The community of humankind has been achieving the impossible ever since the dawn of Creation. Once upon a time, sailing around the world and flying in an airplane was impossible. Walking on the moon used to be impossible. Climbing Mt. Everest was impossible. Finding the beautiful ship Titanic on the bottom of the vast Atlantic Ocean was impossible. You know what I mean, right?

But if we carefully redefine “impossible” as an activity, a habit, a goal, an experience or an objective which UP UNTIL THIS TIME in MY life has been impossible,, then we are opening up the window of opportunity and letting all the fresh air of hope blow into our lives.

Mother Goose has been pondering the “impossible” events in her own life — of course, they are too numerous to even count! Birthing and raising a large flock of goslings, writing an almost daily blog with a growing viewership, finishing a 5K marathon, speaking in front of groups of Marine families about Blue Star Banners, overcoming the challenges of a chronic neurological disorder, and finding forgiveness from our loving heavenly Father. These things all seemed impossible at some point in my life.

And then the question: What’s next, Mother Goose?

Here’s a short list of my next impossible dreams:

Visit my Compassion sponsored child in Madurai, India.
Write a book.
Run another marathon.
Obtain a paying gig as a military family/veteran family advocate.

I hope that by writing down these dreams and putting them in a public arena, I don’t minimize their impossibility. It’s also my hope that you, dear reader, will also consider your own impossible dreams. Maybe they are as potentially achievable and attainable as the impossible dreams of Mother Goose.

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

[“The Impossible Dream (The Quest)” is a popular song composed by Mitch Leigh, with lyrics written by Joe Darion. It was written for the 1965 musical Man of La Mancha. It is the main song from the musical and became its most popular hit.]

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. adriancharliehoran
    Nov 04, 2012 @ 16:25:04

    Great post, now smiling as I just used this song in my post today, too! Hopefully I used it for the right effect 🙂

    Reply

  2. eof737
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 02:25:31

    This is a beautiful post and I wish you much success in achieving your goals… Blessings for your health too… 🙂 Thank you for checking in during the Hurricane… your kind wishes were appreciated!

    Reply

    • Natalie
      Nov 06, 2012 @ 13:46:56

      Maybe “normal” feels impossible for you right now…after the hurricane. Just hang on tight, Eliz — each day will get a little bit better. Prayers and love to you!

      Reply

  3. Three Well Beings
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 21:30:33

    Wonderful impossibles, and I, like you, know that nothing is impossible with God’s blessing on your dream. So I expect to see these dreams realized, Mother Goose. Lovely post…and I love this version of a favorite song! 🙂

    Reply

  4. Eric Winger
    Nov 25, 2012 @ 19:15:44

    I hope these dreams go from impossible to possible, improbable to probable, implausible to plausible, and finally to … achieved! 🙂

    Reply

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