All children know this. Alice in Wonderland gave it voice. And picture books weave their appeal around the idea. But somehow the older we get the more foolish we are told it is.
Think impossible things.
It is a simple idea.
When I was little I painted in the air with imaginary colors that tasted like strawberries and cupcakes. Alice in wonderland liked to think six impossible things before breakfast. And that landed her in the adventure of her lifetime.
My six year old son and I make a regular practice of thinking impossible things. When he was nervous about the school spelling test I told him to take me in his back pocket.
"How?" he asked.
"Well, all Mommy's can shrink so their kids can fit them in their pockets and take them anywhere they need to," I said.
"Yes. Here, look." And I handed him an imaginary shrunken version of myself.
Tonight he came running in to our office to kiss me goodnight holding nothing firmly between his hands and said "Look, Mommy. Look what my magic computer printed out!"
I looked at the nothing he was holding. "Oh cool, Isaiah. Did you do that yourself?"
"Yes. It is a letter. Can you read it?"
Of course I could. "Sure," I said. "It says you are the bestest Mommy in all the galaxies in the world and I want to give you chocolate for breakfast everyday."
"Oh, and there is a picture of you and I. That's a great drawing!" And I gave him a big kiss. He ran off pleased as anything with himself.
So, care to join us? Care to think an impossible thing?
What about this one.
Your words will matter to more people than you will ever meet.
Or this one.
One day you will sit at the top of your tallest dream and cry those happy tears.
Now it's your turn.
What about you? Think an impossible thing and share it with me. Make it big. No point otherwise :)
And if you regularly make a habit of printing letters from magic computers, painting with tasty colors or kissing fish, then share that too.