Everything is possible. Charles F. Kettering said that “Nothing ever built to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must.” Everything is possible in each of our lives; we simply have to sense it, see it and act upon it. After all, where would we be without men like Thomas Edison who believed there could be light, saw the vision in his mind and acted upon everything that was possible for him? Emily Dickinson phrased it best in her classic ode “Touch the Skies:” “We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.”
All it takes to touch the skies and invoke change in the world or in ourselves is the ability to see the need for change and capturing the inspiration to create the change. That inspiration can come in a multitude of manners and in the most unlikely time and space. About fourteen years ago I was traveling through El Paso on my way home to Las Cruces, New Mexico. A friend had left his cd in my car and as I listened, one song hit me like no other had. It was the most beautiful lullaby; not a lullaby designed for a child, rather this melody was designed for a more mature ear. And as I listened the more I realized, the tones I was interpreting were that which I had so longed to hear, not from a parent or loved one, but from myself. Fred Doll, the author of “Everything Possible” tells the tale we all long to hear. “You can be anybody that you want to be. You can love whomever you will. You can travel any country where your heart leads and know, I will love you still.” Who amongst us has not yearned to be able to say, I can change if I want, I can have the dream, I can be everything I ever wanted to be. The melody culminates with the most brilliant line: “You can dream all the day never reaching the end, of everything possible for you.” For years this song stuck in my mind as I would sing it to my niece...
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