Are some things impossible? Maybe? Like time travel, walking through walls, traveling to another galaxy, etc. (who knows maybe someday even these things will be possible) But mostly there are things that only SEEM impossible. What would you like to do that seems impossible, but you’d really like to do it? Here are 3 mini-stories that illustrate that many things we think are impossible really are possible. I hope these stories inspire you to follow your dream even if it seems impossible.
3 Impossible Yet True Stories
This is the amazing story of mountain climber, Joe Simpson, and how he survived what truly seems impossible. While climbing a 21,000 foot mountain in the Andes, Joe fell into a crevasse and broke his leg. Abandoned by his climbing partner and facing a mammoth blizzard, he should not have survived. But he did. It took him 3 days to get back down the mountain with a severely broken leg, frostbite, no food or water, and no encouragement from anyone but his own sheer will to live.
Here is the description from Amazon. This story is available in both book and video. It will change your outlook on what is possible! I highly recommend reading or watching this story!
Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.
The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave.
How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.
This is the unbelievable story of a woman ravaged with cancer all over her body, who experienced a miraculous and full healing. The climax of this story brings us to her “deathbed” in the hospital where her doctors inform her family that she will die within the hour because all her organs are shutting down. Anita had a near death experience that day that brought about her full recovery from the cancer. It was a medical mystery and and amazing miracle.
Here is the description of this story from Amazon:
In this truly inspirational memoir,Anita Moorjanirelates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body—overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system—began shutting down. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth . . . and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was able to be released from the hospital within weeks . . . without a trace of cancer in her body!
Within these pages, Anita recounts stories of her childhood in Hong Kong, her challenge to establish her career and find true love, as well as how she eventually ended up in that hospital bed where she defied all medical knowledge.
As part of a traditional Hindu family residing in a largely Chinese and British society, she had been pushed and pulled by cultural and religious customs since she had been a little girl. After years of struggling to forge her own path while trying to meet everyone else’s expectations, she had the realization, as a result of her epiphany on the other side, that she had the power to heal herself . . . and that there are miracles in the Universe
that she had never even imagined.
In Dying to Be Me, Anita freely shares all she has learned about illness, healing, fear, “being love,” and the true magnificence of each and every human being!
The Little Plant That Could
This is a small story from my own observation, but yet I think this is a powerful metaphor for breaking through the seemingly impossible in our own lives.
Have you ever held a small little plant in your hands? Do you remember how delicate and vulnerable it was? If you wanted, could you have crushed it easily? Ripped it apart with no problem? Now contrast that small delicate plant with a heavy, nearly impenetrable sidewalk. If you were buried under that sidewalk, do you think you could break through it? You are probably saying no, and yet that is the very thing that little delicate plants do all the time. (See the above picture)
How do they do that??? Well they probably:
- consistently grow and push a teeny tiny bit each day
- work with other motivated and skilled plants (sometimes, but maybe not always)
until they actually burst out through the asphalt or concrete sidewalk, whereupon they experience the glorious sunshine (and hopefully not someone’s foot!)
Wow! What a spectacular feat!
Imagine what YOU could do if you
- consistently made teeny amounts of progress on a goal each and every day
- enlisted the help from other motivated and skilled folks
What do you think about that? Could you or have you used such a strategy ever? Any stories to share? Goals you want to commit to?
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