Squirrel Tusks and Creating Your Dreams

The other day one of my good friends had a necklace with a beautiful object that looked like a tooth of some substantial animal hanging from it.  When I commented on the object, my friend promptly said that it was “a squirrel tusk.”

My original reaction was “That Is Impossible.”

Then over the next hour, I thought of the object hanging from my friend’s necklace and realized that while I had never seen squirrel with tusks or heard of squirrel with tusks, “Really, how did I know that squirrel tusks were impossible.”

My debate about squirrel tusks got me thinking about dreams.  When you have a dream that doesn’t seem achievable it’s natural to tell yourselves that the dream is “Impossible.”

Once we label a dream “impossible,” it is very tempting to curtail all our actions and even thoughts and emotions related to the dream because devoting energy to something “impossible” would likely not produce a satisfactory result.

Luckily, “Impossible” is just a word that we can choose to use or not use.

A more profitable approach when you hear yourself labeling one of your dreams, as “Impossible,” might be to ask yourself three questions that begin to create the possible from the impossible.

1. Do I really want to do the work of trying to make this dream that seems impossible into a physical reality?

Spend time thinking about your answer to this question.  Dreams can be a great deal of work to actually create in physical reality.  They can even require one to devote a substantial portion of their life to achieving them.

As an example of the effort that can be involved in creating a dream, Thomas Edison attempted thousands of times to create a working light bulb before succeeding.

After careful consideration, if your answer is, “Yes, I want to do the work of creating this dream in physical reality,” move onto question 2.

However, your answer might be “No, I don’t want to do the work necessary to create this dream in reality.”

For example, I might dream of becoming a geneticist and making it my mission to engineer a squirrel with tusks.  But pursuing this dream is not a good fit for me because I have exceedingly little interest in becoming a geneticist and then even substantially less interest in engineering a squirrel with tusks.

So, my fleeting dream of creating a squirrel with tusks is not automatically impossible.  But rather, I have no interest in doing the work to make this dream into a “tusk-y” physical reality.

2. Does my dream already exist in physical reality somewhere in the world? 

Whereas, the last question required looking inside and reflecting, the answer to this question will be found by doing research.

For example, my initial reaction to my friend identifying the object on her necklace as a squirrel tusk was “That’s impossible.”  Then, I realized that I truly had little idea if squirrel tusks exist in reality.  So at this point, instead of just assuming that they don’t, I did a little research  I looked up “squirrel tusks” on Google and had little luck finding a match for what I was looking for.  I could extend this research to include asking people if they had ever seen a squirrel with tusks or knew anyone who had.  I could go to libraries.  I could travel the world looking for a squirrel with tusks.  I could even consider that maybe there was a squirrel with tusks in prehistoric times and research that question.

If upon doing research, you find your dream has already been created.  Celebrate!  Now you just have to find a way to connect with that, which has already been created.  You don’t have to recreate the wheel or the squirrel tusk as the case may be.

If your answer to question one is a strong yes and your answer to question two is no, move on to question 3.

 3. How can I create this dream in physical reality?

To answer this question you start brainstorming and experimenting.  You focus your thoughts, emotions and actions on creating the dream in physical reality.  You devote your energy and try and try again until like Thomas Edison you create the light of your dream.

(If anybody has any details about squirrel tusks, please let me know).

Game of a Day

Consider a dream that you have labeled as “Impossible” and ask yourself the three questions that begin to create the possible from the impossible:

1. Do I really want to do the work trying to make this dream that seems impossible into a physical reality?

2. Does my dream already exist in physical reality somewhere in the world?

3. How can I create this dream in physical reality?

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4 responses

  1. Just the right words to make me think today. And I spent a long time watching the squirrels in my yard to see if any of them have tusks! Ha! Ha!

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