158 Days ’til 40: Impossible Possibilities

16 Sep


Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!  ~ Audrey Hepburn

It always seems impossible until its done. ~ Nelson Mandela

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. ~ Doug Larson

I love those who yearn for the impossible. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ St. Francis of Assisi

As  I have been dreaming big lately, I have been thinking a lot about the impossible vs. the possible.  I have come to realize that there is very little that is impossible – there are many things that are highly improbable, but this does not make them impossible.  I think this is critical for us to remember when we are looking towards our future.  I wonder how many advancements never would have occurred if someone was not determined to change the improbable to the possible.  If the Wright brothers had given up, we would not have air travel today – it was not easy, but not impossible.

At the moment I am looking at job and educational possibilities, all of which seem highly improbable from my current vantage point.  At times, this can be very depressing.  Yet, if I continue to learn to persevere, understanding that the highly improbable may become the possible, my focus and determination are renewed.

Today, 158 days ’til 40, I will continue to remind myself that the highly improbable can indeed become possible.



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17 responses to “158 Days ’til 40: Impossible Possibilities

  1. ahmedfraih

    September 16, 2012 at 00:34

    Now that’s what I need. My closest friend has many improbable purposes these days and I keep trying to motivate him to do the impossible, so I think your article will sum up all what I have in mind and tell him to go direct to the point. Here’s one of the greatest articles ever… thanks

    • 400daystil40

      September 16, 2012 at 22:32

      Thank you, Ahmed, for your kind words – they are so encouraging to me!!! Best of luck with your friend!

  2. walkwiththerabbi

    September 16, 2012 at 04:40

    There is a part of the brain, called the amygdala, and its role, is to keep us “safe.” It says things like “you’ve already got a good job and career. Why take a chance on the unknown? What if it doesn’t work out? What if you can’t afford to go out for drinks with Alan and his wife? Don’t rock the boat! Think about the kids security and that of your partner! STAY WHERE YOU ARE! It’s comfortable!” The amygdala loves to keep us just where we are. The illusion of safety and security, when we really make our own security.
    Do you know what the acronym for job is? “Just over broke!”
    I don’t know if this opportunity is the one you ought to be pursuing, but I know this from our correspondence – YOU’RE A WINNER! Hugs from here to you and yours.

    • 400daystil40

      September 16, 2012 at 22:31

      hank you for this great information!!! I am so glad you share this as I did not know it. Thank you so much! 🙂

      • walkwiththerabbi

        September 16, 2012 at 22:33

        You are so very welcome. We are each other’s keeper – aren’t we? Hugs from here.

  3. Another Thousand Words

    September 16, 2012 at 15:24

    All things are possible, 400! I am reminded of one of my favorite Chinese proverbs, which hangs on my wall for all to read:

    “Those who say it cannot be done
    should not interrupt the person doing it.”

  4. survivorsjustice

    September 16, 2012 at 16:05

    Just want to say that you are doing a remarkable work here. I enjoy reading and gaining knowledge from what you share. Your words are so true about trying to figure out life, but do any of really? What if you have so much darkness around you that you are constantly fighting off the clouds and reaching out to touch the sunshine? Each day we have a new breath, a new chance to understand, a bright new beginning to conquer what was impossible yesterday. Thanks for sharing your journey and the thoughts of wonder, understanding, and probability that you share with all.

    • 400daystil40

      September 16, 2012 at 22:30

      Thank you so much, survivors justice!!! I have been in that place you mention, when darkness threatens to consume us and it is hard to find any light in our lives….. thankfully, I was able to take those breaths you mention – often one day or even one moment at a time. As you say, you can find a bright new beginning. 🙂

  5. viveka

    September 16, 2012 at 22:36

    This with jobs is a massive problem everywhere – but I thought that there is big shortage of teachers everywhere too. Over here is it a huge problem to find teachers. I think that a job will pop up that you will enjoy, but maybe not this month. So you’re considering leaving your job – don’t blame you with your working hours and no time for yourself and your loved ones. I wish you all the luck in your search and please keep me posted.

    • 400daystil40

      September 16, 2012 at 22:42

      Thank you so much – we will see what happens in the next six months or so……

      • viveka

        September 16, 2012 at 23:47

        I believe strongly that something will come along for you.

  6. evilnymphstuff

    September 18, 2012 at 18:39

    Indeed! Great post! One of my favourite mottos is that everything is possible 🙂

  7. uselessanxieties

    September 20, 2012 at 17:25

    Where I live, churches post inspirational tidbits on their marquees. On the way to/from work last Spring, there was a church sign that read: “If you do what you’ve always done, then you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” For some reason, I found that incredibly motivating. Maybe if we try to do those things that SEEM impossible, then we will find out we’re working toward making them possible… Here’s hoping!

    • 400daystil40

      September 20, 2012 at 20:25

      I LOVE that church sign – thank you for sharing!


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