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RECENTLY, I RAN ACROSS THE TAMA KIEVES QUOTE “we live in a world that worships limitations,” and it brought to mind my favorite exchange between Alice & the Queen in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass.
After Alice complains that she can’t believe impossible things, the queen replies: “I dare say you haven’t had much practice… When I was your age I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!”
Illustration by John Tenniel
While I try not to live in the land of limitations, I am myself a frequent visitor. So, this whimsy of an exchange reminds me to practice what poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge called “the willing suspension of disbelief” for at least a few playful minutes a day.
Where I up the ante.
Question every limiting belief that passes through my head.
Immerse myself in love. (Faith’s catalyst.)
Bust through my conditioning.
Envision the invisible.
Look around less. Imagine more. (Sometimes when believing feels too big, I find that imagining is a more accessible entry point.)
And consider the double entendre of the phrase “make believe.”
Faith isn’t blind; it’s visionary. It’s not just a theological principle;
it’s a mental & emotional muscle.
What are your dreams?
Perhaps, like the Queen, you’re well-versed in impossible things, but if you’re more like Alice, this question may feel daunting to answer at first. It’s worth taking the leap though, because naming our dreams begins the creative process (muscle building).
Write the vision, and make it plain… that he may run that reads it.
I’ll go first with a BIG one of mine. (Gulp)
I want to be a globetrotter, leaving all my certainties about the world at home to see things I thought I knew in different lights.
I dream of kayaking inside the sea caves of Phang Nga Bay in Thailand, exploring the ruins of Petra in Jordan & the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, safariing at the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya, eating Dim Sum in Hong Kong, climbing to Machu Picchu in Peru & strolling through the great bazaars of Marrakesh in Morocco.
I dream of writing hopeful thoughts to people from anywhere in the world with Internet access & finding bliss-filled ways to serve that align with my gifts & passions. (In my experience, joyful service always reaps the best results.)
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was
service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
I want to ramp up my learning, really engage with people & places for months at a time: befriend locals, eat street food, get lost wandering around & roll with all the stuff you can’t plan. And in the process, deepen my understanding of the world, its culture, & myself.
There I said it. Mad car-a-zee, I know!
Although I’ve held this dream for a while, I’ve only shared it with my closest confidants whose dreams are as crazy as mine (lest someone call for a straitjacket). Today marks the first time I’m going public & articulating it’s essence in detail. I chose the word essence, because in my experience dreams tend to evolve.
While writing & sharing my vision to pursue travel as a meditation on life, my desire clicked on a deeper level capturing my imagination in new ways – igniting my faith to see from the end & assume the feeling of its reality now.
That’s why I encourage you, fellow “Imagineers” (from the lexicon of Walt Disney, of course!), if you haven’t done so already, to write down your “impossible” dreams – big or small. I’ll bet things will click for you in new ways too.
And if you dare, share one of them in the comments below.
If you’re new here, I should tell you that SPEL is a mutual admiration society & a no judgment zone. So, whatever your bliss, you’ll get a resounding “Amen” from us.
Allow yourself to want what you want. Serve where your heart sings.
God dreams through you.
Every one of us holds a different strand of the web of life,
and we each must heed our own call.
Each unique expression of service is essential & irreplaceable. And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that “the Soul of the world is nourished by people’s happiness” (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist).
And just in case you think that too much sand has slipped through the hourglass for such talk of dreams (the thought has crossed my mind, especially when the compelling article “Why You Should Travel When You’re Young” crossed my desk), consider this little gem by Susan Kennedy:
“The opposite of old is not young; the opposite of old is new. As long as we continue to experience the new, we will gloriously inhabit all the ages we are.”
Decide to rise. Be one of those people who pull it off. Don’t let us down. When you rise, we all rise. Your possibilities become possibilities for the rest of us.
Every single moment, every single holy instant, God is saying, “Here is the glory of the universe. Do you want it? Show up for it, because it’s yours.
To your dreams & impossible things.
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