One can’t believe impossible things,” Alice said. “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
I believe in the power of belief. I believe that thoughts are influential. However, sometimes my belief is rather small and limited. For instance, it is easy for me to believe that through the use of my will, I can see the bright side of a rainy day; I can focus on something good that might come out of something painful. If I am feeling ill, I can direct my thoughts on health and usually end up feeling just fine.
When I was young I focused on the negative, and the fact that now focus on the positive , speaks volumes about the power of belief. However, I am not naive about the power of wishful thinking. I am a nurse who relies on science. I am a “show me the evidence” sort of person.
Over the years, I have found that science and belief can live compatibly, especially when it comes to health. I believe in miracles but take the necessary steps to foster them. As Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” Belief and positive thinking are ways I prepare my mind. Rigorous study is another method I employ.
I am aging, and I could limit my dreams a bit. However, I think this is precisely the time for bigger dreams. Leonardo da Vinci believed in flight. He designed a flightless machine in the 15th century, long before airplanes and space shuttles. Why can’t I? Why can’t you?
So, if I am going to believe, then I am going to believe big. Not only do I want to dream the impossible, I am purging the word impossible from my vocabulary. This is not to say that I will treat my medical conditions with thoughts rather than medication. It merely means that when I have limitless possibilities, wisdom has more room to land, and wisdom with a broad landing space has more room to take off. It is time to let my dreams take flight.
What do you believe about your health?