This past Friday, Donna and I watched the launching of the last flight of a US Space Shuttle. All week, weather forecasters projected the flight would not go because of a probability of rain showers. The skies were fine and the launch went off with only a minor hitch. For those who did not see the launch, here is a brief clip of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EFuLap5Pgg.
As we watched this historic swansong soar off into outer space, we talked of the famous speech and commitment made by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 to “land a man on the moon and bring him back safely by the end of the decade.” The whole speech can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuW4oGKzVKc.
To many, it was an “impossible” dream. At the time, the U.S. was better at blowing up rockets on the launch pad than actually accomplishing anything close to the vision espoused that day.
When we choose to live life as consistently as possible from a Creator Orientation, part of the challenge comes when the outcome(s) we envision seem –like landing a man on the moon – impossible.
Having grown up in the Dayton, Ohio area, I have always been enthralled by the feat of the Wright Brothers in having figured out how to achieve controlled, powered, heavier-than-air and “manned” powered flight. It is important to remember that, as Orville and Wilbur were working passionately toward their vision, the best scientific minds of the day were declaring that what they were attempting defied the laws of physics (as they were understood at that time).
One day, after a failed experiment that could have been taken as evidence that the scientists were correct and what they were attempting was impossible, one of the brothers declared that they did not know if it was possible – and that they were committed to its possibility. The rest, as they say, is history.
All of these accomplishments unfolded by the taking of baby steps – some forward, some setbacks, and some quantum leaps. Such is the direction of creating the “impossible!”