You’ve probably heard many claims about “doing the impossible” by this stage in your life. And I’m sure nothing much surprises you anymore. I find it quite the pity that we’re so overloaded with information and stimulation from various sources that we’re no longer surprised by much of anything. It seems like the only way to recapture any of that is to watch children’s expressions as they are given something fun, told something they’ve never heard before that is difficult to believe (but is true), or some variation on the theme.
In writing my “memoir”, which I assure you will not be the typical autobiographical sludge, I’ve come across several “Doing the Impossible” moments in my life. This got me to thinking about these stories in your life. Some part of me (the writer part, I’m sure) can’t help but think that if you were to write about your own “doing the impossible” moments, or at least talk about them with someone, you would once again recapture that sense of “surprise” or “awe”. It doesn’t need to be some long, drawn out experience. I think most of us are looking for all kinds of surprises in our lives, because it adds dimension and depth to our otherwise monotonous days of ordinary life.
Here’s what I’ve learned about “doing” the impossible
There’s actually nothing to “do” in most cases. Example: once you’ve made your ramp, and done your jump on a bicycle, skateboard, motorbike, or what have you, you might do some flips or other “tricks in the air”, but basically you’re in free-fall, predominantly being.
Sure, writing a book takes action. But mostly, the story comes to my mind as I sit and allow the mind to go where it needs to see what there is in the story. That requires a great deal of being before there’s any real ‘doing’.
But we’re also not talking about ordinary things, like writing a book (sorry to say, it’s not impossible to do it–it’s much harder to do it well, though) doing a trick on a bike off a ramp, or even climbing Mount Everest–which I’m sure takes a hell of a lot of doing and being.
No. We’re talking about surviving a fall out of a plane when the parachute doesn’t open. Dying and coming back to life, that sort of thing. In those moments when you’re literally at the mercy of odds, randomness, chaos, the impractical, or in short: The Will Of What Is. In such moments you have no control, there’s no “how to”, there’s nothing you can do except be and allow whatever is going to happen to happen. No amount of willingness or struggle will prevent the inevitable.
This sort of thing happens every day, believe it or not. I’m living proof. I survived when doctors said it shouldn’t be possible, against odds that don’t even register in the land of “common sense”. Nothing I could ever “do” would have ever made it possible for me to live.
From this infinite universe you and I are the possibility beyond all doing. We are a happening. And as challenging as it is to climb Everest, write novels and other books, endure four years of complete silence at a retreat, or whatever, these things aren’t impossible. The impossible is much bigger than we often give it credit for. And much more powerful than we typically imagine it to be. We know this, but you rarely find it in our speech.
When I share my story with you, you’ll see the reflection of your own utterly impossible moments in life and realize how blessed and surprised you can truly be.