“It can’t be done!” “Impossible!” “Forget it!”
Have you heard these words before? Maybe you hear it more from your own mind than from others. That’s my case anyway. And it takes some real mental strength to shun those thoughts and throw them in the garbage.
It means that whenever I’m struggling with something I want to do or change, and I get the depressing feeling that it is too hard or too wide a chasm to cross, I have to remind myself, “Am I an open minded optimist, problem solver, wise deep thinker or not?” If I get to choose the kind of person I want to be, then I’d better choose it in the very instance of my thoughts. And if I’m going to believe in and live up to the truth that my father taught me and that I constantly tell my kids – that we are in control of our feelings – then I’d better change my perspective on the matter and feel something different than ‘impossible’.
Many times this concept is applied to big, difficult goals, like this woman who went a whole year without processed sugar. She should be commended and respected as a human, especially in this day of ubiquitous sugar. So yes, we should go do these kinds of things.
But I’d like you to also consider applying this concept for those common, everyday things. When do you get frustrated? Those are times you are having an ‘impossible’ thought. Can’t get your kid to go to bed, or brush their teeth, can’t find the Tuperware lid to match the bowl you want, can’t get that stripped screw out, can’t get your spouse to change their behavior? Why are you frustrated? Because it is impossible.
You can be at peace. Just change your thoughts, consider it can be done, and find a way.
Build an origami with hundreds of folds as big as a penny.
Talk about frustrating!
Or is it?