Believing in the impossible
William Blake says in one of his texts: “all
that today is a reality was once only part of an impossible dream,” and that is why today we have the airplane, space
exploration, the computer with which I am writing this column, and so on. In Lewis Carroll’s famous masterpiece “Alice
through the Looking Glass,” there is a dialogue between the main character and the Queen, who has just told something
- I can’t believe it – says Alice.
Can’t believe it? – the Queen repeats with a sad look on her face. – Try again: take a deep breath, close
your eyes, and believe.
- It’s no good
trying. Only fools believe that impossible things can happen.
- I think what you need is
a little training – answers the Queen. – When I was your age I would practice at least half an hour a day, right
after breakfast, I tried very hard to imagine five or six unbelievable things that could cross my path, and today I see that
most of the things I imagined have turned real, I even became a Queen because of that.
constantly asks us: "believe!” Believing that a miracle can happen at any moment is necessary not only for our happiness
but also for our protection, or to justify our existence. In today’s world, many people think it is impossible to put
an end to misery, to build a fair society, and to alleviate the religious tension that seems to grow worse every day.
people avoid the struggle for a whole variety of reasons: conformism, maturity, the sense of the ridiculous, the feeling of
impotence. We see injustice being done to our neighbor and remain silent. "I’m not getting involved in fights for nothing"
is the explanation.
This is a cowardly attitude. Whoever travels down a spiritual path carries
an honor code to be fulfilled; the voice that is raised against what is wrong is always heard by God.
so, now and again we hear the following comment:
“I always believe in dreams, I often
try to combat injustice, but I always end up disappointed.”
A warrior of light knows
that certain impossible battles are worth fighting and so is not afraid of being disappointed, knowing as he does the power
of his sword and the force of his love. He vehemently rejects those who are unable to take decisions and are always trying
to pass on to others the responsibility for all the bad that happens in the world.
does not fight against what is wrong – even if it seems beyond his strength – he will never find the right way.
My Iranian publisher, Arash Hejasi, once sent me a text that said:
a heavy rainstorm caught me by surprise when I was walking down the street ... thank God I had my umbrella and raincoat. Except
that they were both in my car, parked quite a distance away. While I was running to get them I thought what a strange sign
I was receiving from God – we always have the necessary resources to face the storms that life prepares for us, but
most times these resources are locked away in the bottom of our heart and this makes us waste an enormous amount of time trying
to find them, so that when we finally find them, we have already been defeated by adversity.”
let us always be prepared; otherwise we will miss our chance, or lose the battle.
"Warrior of the Light, a www.paulocoelho.com.br publication."