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  • Dr. Shelly Harrell

Weekend Wisdom: All Things Are Possible

The difficult I'll do right now. The impossible will take a little while. -Billie Holiday

Is anything really impossible? Is what we think of as impossible, really just further along the continuum of what is difficult? These are the questions that arose for me in my meditation on this quote. The spirit of conquering the impossible is necessary for meaningful change to occur. When something is labeled as impossible, the energies of limitation and "can't" and "never" get activated. It is a way of limiting others and ourselves. We all know stories of seemingly impossible outcomes that come into being, of proving someone wrong who said something couldn't be done, of miracles that defy science and material reality. I think about a friend of mine who whose inoperable tumor "disappeared" and her choices regarding non-mainstream treatments. From a spiritual perspective, this is about the faith that "with God all things are possible". From a psychological perspective, it is about challenging what we have internalized that shows up in our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors.

WHAT HAVE YOU LABELED AS IMPOSSIBLE? How could that be limiting your choices and actions? For me, the part about choice is important. Choosing not to pursue a course of action is different than not taking the action because we have bought in to the "its impossible" or "I can't" narrative. The former comes from a place of empowerment. I encourage you to reflect on what you tell yourself about what is impossible. Then flip the script and open your mind and heart to what is possible.?

With Peace, Love, and Soulfulness,

Dr. Shelly Harrell


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