Achieving the Impossible, Alice in Wonderland Style
Alice is standing next to Mad Hatter on Frabjous day, the day it’s been written that Alice slays the Jabberwocky.
Doing so ends the Red Queen’s terrible reign and restores power to the beneficent White Queen.
It’s a big deal.
But when Alice sees the enormously intimidating Jabberwocky, she says, “This is impossible.”
Mad Hatter replies, “Only if you believe it is.”
Alice then recalls that sometimes she “believes in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” (A habit she learned from dad.)
Hatter replies, “That is an excellent practice.” And suggests it’s time to focus on the Jabberwocky!
As the ferocious creature approaches, Alice lifts her sword and begins a recitation that deliberate creators would do well to note.
She says out loud to herself, eyes fixed on her impossible goal ahead:
“Six impossible things. Count them, Alice.
“One. There’s a potion that can make you shrink.
“Two. A cake that can make you grow.
“Three. Animals can talk.”
Jabberwocky slams Alice to the ground with a slice of its enormous tail.
Undeterred, Alice continues her recital as she picks herself off the ground.
“Four. Cats can disappear.
“Five. There’s a place called Wonderland.
* * * Spoiler alert! If you haven’t already seen this delightfully dark show, come back later. * * *
Alice finishes her powerful impossible recital with:
“Six. I can slay the jabberwocky.”
Which is exactly what she does.
Alice draws from the impossible things she’s already known to be true, in order to accomplish the next impossible thing required of her.
I have a couple of heroes who achieved the impossible in their day (Florence Scovel-Shinn, Beatrix Potter, Pollyanna, Ellen Ripley, Joan Jett, etc.).
But Tim Burton’s Alice from Wonderland is my newest role model.
When everyone is telling her what must happen, Alice says with conviction, “This is my dream. I’ll decide where it goes from here. I make the path.”
She returns to her old world to make the difficult decisions and do the impossible things in her real life: saying no to the marriage proposal she was supposed to say yes to, speaking her mind to a couple of ornery relatives, and leaving the party she had no desire to be at.
Like all good happy endings, Alice’s forthright attitude catches the attention of the successful businessman who funds her adventurous trading trip to China.
Here’s to all of us being just as deliberate and brave as Alice when it comes to achieving our own impossible things.
(And you know I want to hear what your “impossible made possible” things are! Share below if you want to play along.)