Thursday, December 15, 2011

Bee-lieve Campaign: Alice & the Queen

If you know me personally, you know that one of my most favorite authors (one that I definitely quote often) is Paulo Coelho. I essentially stalk him on Facebook, his blog, Twitter, and any other social media platform he exists on... I love his writing and his positive stance on life and holding on to hope. 

Almost a year ago, he made the following post and I've ever since quoted Lewis Carroll as well:

Alice and the Queen

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 quite extraordinary.

- 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.

Alice laughs:

- 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.

Life 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.

Most 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.

Being a parent to a child with a complex medical condition looks horribly intimidating from the outside, it really isn't. We simply believe in our children the same as any other parent does. We aren't necessarily believing that our children will overcome a diagnosis of hydranencephaly, but that they are here to live the life that was granted of them just the same as any other child. We aren't in denial or full of doubt, we simply believe that they are capable of a quality of life deserving of love and compassion from those they are surrounded by.

During this holiday season, regardless your affiliation with organized religion, I hope you all will learn to not only "Believe in the Impossible," but also to stand up for those beliefs when they're questioned. You'll be surprised by the blessings this small gesture can bring... when you simply open your heart and your mind, and believe in the things that otherwise may seem unbelievable.

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