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.”
-Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland
From my experience, among other things, being an artist requires believing in what others consider impossible. Included, of course, is making visible what has not been seen before. So too, can be thinking somewhat differently than those that are more conventional. Some members of society are meant to maintain and embrace solidity and structure. Others, such as artists, are meant to make waves, to keep implosion and stagnancy from happening.
So then, how do we each define and determine our individual versions of what is possible and impossible? Why can it be easier to believe in limiting fears, rather than new, expansive possibilities? I do know that people who see, sense and support potential create openings for others into the seemingly impossible, allowing questions to arise that can challenge and change previously held beliefs.
I'm doing a daily practice of noticing old thought patterns and limitations and believing in the possibilities of impossible things. When doubt and fear arise, I'm engaging in outrageous and optimistic imagining. Why not?