Simplifying the Impossible

Nicole - Cincinnati, Ohio
Entered on September 14, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe in simplifying the impossible. Take flying, I believe I can fly. Yes, I know it’s a song from the nineties movie “Space Jam”, but why can’t it be my belief, because after all, nothing is impossible.

I believe anyone can fly if they try hard enough. I fly everyday on the back of my horse. Yes, it may only be three or four feet in the air, but for that second I fly. And people fly everyday on airplanes, don’t they?

Ok, so maybe I’m getting a little too literal with this whole flying belief. Maybe when people say flying is impossible, they mean the “Superman” type flying, you know the no strings attached type. But that is why the human race believes in the impossible, because they take things to such a level that is truly does become impossible for the common man to achieve. When a simple task, such as flying, is elevated to a superman level, it is believed to be impossible. But when the task of flying is simplified to flying for a second on the back of a horse, or for a couple hours in an airplane, it becomes possible.

So maybe you’re afraid of heights and flying isn’t your thing. Then take it from a little kids point of view. How to get to that cookie jar way on the top of the highest shelf in the kitchen. Impossible, right? The mom thought so when she put it up there, but the little kid doesn’t think so. In fact, the little kid doesn’t see the jar way on top of the highest shelf, but the way to get to the jar way on top of the highest shelf. First, the kid sees the chair. Then, how to drag it over without mom noticing. Then, after that is achieved, the kid climbs on the chair, and then slowly on the counter top. Half way there for the little kid. Next, the kid moves a few things off the bottom shelf so there is a spot for his foot. Next, the climb starts. Very slowly, the kid climbs up to the top of the shelves so his head touches the ceiling and there is the jar. And just like that, the impossible is achieved.

How was it achieved, because the little kid simplified it. He didn’t see the jar 7 feet over his head, instead he saw the tiny steps it took to get him there. And after a short brainstorming, and small climb, the kid gets his cookies, maybe even without mom noticing.

The impossible is feasible, but only when simplified. If a person looks at a difficult task and keeps it at the same level of difficulty, that person will most likely never finish the task. Instead, if the person breaks the task down into two or three smaller parts, it’s not so difficult. That is what simplifying the impossible is about, knowing how to break down the so called impossible, so it become possible.