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Necessary –> Possible –> Impossible

iGnite - Doing the ImpossiblePoint to Ponder:

What’s your impossible?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

Has there ever been a time in your life when completing a project, accomplishing a goal or getting through a particularly difficult situation seemed just plain impossible?  Did you maybe procrastinate starting because you knew the journey would be long, uncertain and maybe even agonizing? I’d like to be able to say that I’m happy to jump on any project, goal or problem, but too often I instead get stuck over-thinking the “how” as well as the magnitude of the desired result.  All this does is overwhelm me, delay the start and discourage me from even getting started.

Recently I received the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation‘s newsletter and in it read the brilliant article Possible by Charlotte Benson.  In it, Charlotte, the mother of Christiane Benson who has Batten’s Disease (a neurodegenerative condition that causes seizures, blindness, cognitive and physical decline and is terminal by the late teens or early 20’s) shares incredibly exciting and encouraging news regarding Christiane’s eyesight and middle school successes. Here’s a little teaser:

“A couple of weeks ago, we had Christiane’s annual visit with her opthamologist to assess her vision and see what changes have occurred. Last year, we received the very good news that Christiane’s vision had only decreased marginally in one eye and this year her vision was virtually unchanged since last year! This is more than we could have possibly hoped for. When I told the doctor about the nutritional supplements we give Christiane, she said that she never sees this sort of stabilization in Batten patients, and then she asked who our nutritionist was. I could hardly wait to call Richard Abdo, our nutritionist, and tell him the good news. He has done a phenomenal job addressing the effects of Batten Disease through Christiane’s diet and supplementation. Richard has never had another patient with Batten disease, but applies what he does know about nutritional support for her brain based on other neurodegenerative conditions he has treated. Just by knowing what is necessary and doing what is possible, he is making an indelible impact on Christiane’s life by improving and extending her quality of life.” 

One of the many things I love, love, love so much about Charlotte’s article is its relevance. We would be hard pressed to find a person on the planet who doesn’t sometimes get bogged down by the magnitude of life and occassionally wonder “how in the world am I going to get through this? And where do I even begin?!” Instead of focusing on what’s necessary or possible, too often the tendency is to look at the big and overwhelming im-possible, first.  However, when we flip it and instead start with what’s necessary, then accomplish what’s possible, it changes everything. Before long, what once felt impossible becomes possible!

If you’re like me, you are likely tired of hearing about my upcoming move to San Diego, however I am declaring that Necessary –> Possible –> Impossible is my new mantra for expanding iGnite into San Diego (and really life in general).  When I look at the big picture and how it’s all going to occur, it’s too overwhelming and makes my brain hurt.  But, when I break it down into first doing what’s necessary (sell our house, find a good neighborhood and home to live in, get moved and settled, find a church, figure out my remote role for iGnite Austin, etc.); then do what’s possible (have fun and explore with the children, get familiar with the area, make friends, find a babysitter,  find a preschool, have iGnite Escapes to San Diego, etc.); before long and in some capacity iGnite San Diego will be up and running and the impossible will become an inspired community of women sharing life through health and fitness, and new friends for us all!

So…what’s your impossible? 

Action Item:

If you have a daunting “impossible” dangling in your life, I highly recommend you first do what’s necessary, which is gain strength, encouragement and inspiration by reading Charlotte’s article, Possible. Your impossible is awaiting possible status!

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Normal is Overrated


Point to Ponder:

Do you regularly decide to do things because they’re considered “normal” or what’s expected?

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

On the heels of my husband losing his job and trying to sort through all of that, participating in the exhilarating Run to the Sun benefiting Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, iGnite member Lisa Wade sending me an incredibly insightful New York Times article, and then being invited to attend a Spur Leadership luncheon at Lake Hills church,  I can with 100% confidence say that I’ve been enlightened.

First, you can imagine all of the confusion that goes along with the loss of a job. Need I say more?  Then, to get to participate in the Run to the Sun and be reminded that the most important things in life aren’t things, a job or even financial security — rather, they’re family, friendships, community and our health. There’s nothing more important!  Next, as I am sitting in the Spur Leadership luncheon featuring Charlie Strong’s wife, Vicki, I notice the Spur Leadership slogan “Normal is Overrated.”  I have to tell you, I am so inspired by that slogan!  I find it refreshing and spot-on with how we should live our lives, but I also admit that it’s easier said than done.  On so many levels normal feels mmm…mmm good! It’s safe, predictable, and as comfortable as slipping into an old and stretched out pair of fleece sweatpants, but what I’m realizing every day is that God hasn’t called me to be comfortable.  Instead, He calls me to jump off the boat, take giant leaps of faith and be completely comfortable with being uncomfortable and trusting that a net will appear.  In fact, I think this is a universal calling for each of us, which is what leads me to the profound and compelling article from Lisa Wade.

The primary focus of Journalist David Brooks’ article “The Moral Bucket List” is to identify the characteristics of people who radiate an inner light and have the perfect “eulogy virtues.”   By career standards, these people may not have the best or most financial success, but as for understanding life — they totally get it.  They live and love exceptionally.  They aren’t living the normal or safe life, rather they are living for others and living to make an earthquake-sized impact, which is something we all have the capacity of doing.

Absolutely, normal IS totally overrated, and this week I encourage you to read “The Moral Bucket List” and consider the areas of your life that you are keeping safe and normal. And, I remind you that being busy, distracted, worried, stressed, insecure, gossiping, etc, are normal.  You don’t have to do anything radical or extreme, rather just find time to be alone, still, and quiet (actually, that is radical).  It’s during this time you will hear the whispers of your spirit guiding you to a life that is less ‘normal’ and more fulfilling.

Action Item:

Read The Moral Bucket List” and consider the areas of your life that you are
keeping safe and normal.

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