Usually, when I am on the internet, I am very focused. I check my email and my Facebook and my blog statistics. I check to see whether any of my favorite bloggers have written new posts. I take care of the things I need to take care of and then I log off. Sometimes, though, I let myself wander on the information superhighway. I travel from article to blog post to video and back, clicking on whichever links spark my interest. I don’t do this often, because it can be a huge time waster. Today, I took some time to cruise the internet. I clicked from link to link to link. After much traveling, I found myself visiting a post from the blogger Scott Dinsmore, who writes the blog “Live Your Legend.” The particular post that brought me to the blog was called, “Do Something Impossible.” I read exactly six lines of the post. And then I started bawling. This is what I read:
Yesterday morning I swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco.
Just before jumping in, I sat on the boat a little nervous. The water was about 55 degrees and we had around 1.4 miles to swim.
My friend Jonathan gave me a couple words of encouragement and then he jumped in. I suddenly felt a bit more at ease.
Jonathan is 13 years old.
It’s hard to articulate just why these few words struck me with the force to make me cry, even as it is hard to articulate why an article with the title “Do Something Impossible” drew me to it in the first place. I am living a very satisfying life, working on pursuing some of my dreams, and yet, the idea of a 13 year old achieving this impossible task had me in tears.
I have been dwelling on the words of Scott Dinsmore’s blog post all day. Here is one sentence that gives me pause:
Think of how differently you would have approached life if you had swam 1.4 miles across the 50-degree San Francisco Bay before turning 12.
That sentence stops me in my tracks. I was bold and fearless as a child. I did attempt the impossible. I wonder when I stopped. Today, I am held back from trying so many things because they are impossible. Or, I take a few steps and stop because the path is difficult.
The blog post I read this morning challenged me to try to do something impossible. I am inviting you to come with me on a journey toward making the impossible come true. In Scott Dinsmore’s words, “Your mind never really knows something’s possible until it’s actually accomplished. But once that happens (and the more it happens), you’ll start to see things a little differently.” I know from my own experience that when I look for beauty in the world around me, I always find it. So, maybe if I look for possibilities, I will begin to believe that the impossible can become reality. Maybe if I begin to believe in the impossible, I will accomplish the impossible. Maybe you can accomplish the impossible, too. Let’s each take a step and find out.