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Coffee and Conversation #162 – The Impossible Dream

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So here's to inspiring, and being inspired. Here's to encouraging our kids, friends, our spouses and family to be true to the unique and individual quest that each of us are on. Here's to reaching the impossible dream!


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I am often so enlightened by my children, but recently child #4 was especially inspiring.

I have a budding thespian who eats, breathes and lives all things theatre. He’s especially into musicals these days.

Recently, he was studying for his statistics class, and as I wrote in the other room, I stopped to pay attention to the music he was listening to as he worked.

His latest (musical) interest is The Man of La Mancha. And I noticed that he had “The Impossible Dream” on replay.

Now I have lots of childhood memories from that show. My dad had an old vinyl album that he played on Sunday afternoons on the record player in our dining room. My mom, who’d lived and worked in Colombia (the country) prior to their marriage, had a lovely, hand-carved set of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza that I used to secretly play with when they weren’t looking.

So I casually mentioned that I liked his musical selection (ok, actually, he may have “caught” me humming it) and that started the coolest conversation…

This is the son whom we nicknamed “pastor” when he was a youngster, ’cause he would point out the absolute neatest observations from Scripture after church on Sundays. Or share a terrifically advanced-for-his-age observation from a Wednesday night youth sermon. And at this point, after my comment, he began to describe analogies to Jesus’ life that he saw in the life of Don Quixote. Whaaat?

Now, before you start thinking that this was a Jesus juke, I have to point out that there was absolutely no tone of superiority coming from him…just total excitement about this discovery. Pure pleasure that he could find, even in something in no shape or form intended for spiritual education, a hint to the Truth that guides his own young life.

I was happy to hear that he had given such thought to this. Gratified and a little in awe that he was able to find Jesus in something secular that obviously brought him great joy. Encouraged and reminded that yes, God is in all things, even when we’re not conscious of Him…even when we’re not actively looking for Him.

And that reminder – that God is in all things – helped me tonight as I listened to the news of yet another impending hurricane. And as I pondered the challenges other children of ours are facing. And as I considered the struggles and unfair (to me, at least) battles that some friends of mine are in the midst of. I often find myself wondering “Why?” as if I could ever get my mind around the answer, even should the Lord decide to respond to that inquiry.

And so as a parent I’ve decided that rather than spin my wheels asking “Why?”, I will instead spend that effort to encourage my kids to do the impossible. To reach for that star, no matter how far, and be a force that can change the world for good.

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause
And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

So here’s to inspiring, and being inspired. Here’s to encouraging our kids, friends, our spouses and family to be true to the unique and individual quest that each of us are on.

Here’s to reaching the impossible dream!

What are your impossible dreams? And just as important, do you know your children’s? Your spouse’s? Put aside some time this week to get a conversation going and dig in…

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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14 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #162 – The Impossible Dream

  1. Donna Reidland September 8, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

    Pat … now you have me humming! 🙂 Thanks for hosting!
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  2. Marilyn Lesniak September 6, 2017 at 8:27 pm #

    Thank you so much for hosting. I wish you a blessed week!

  3. Roseann Hampton September 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm #

    How wonderful to have those experiences with your son! Have a wonderful week!
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  4. Patrick Weseman September 6, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    Very cool. What a wonderful time with your son. Sometimes the journey is better than the result.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.
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  5. Sue Donaldson September 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

    I sang that song (loudly) anytime, anywhere growing up. So great, your boy! Now you and your husband go to Madrid soon and see those statues! We have friends there who will take you around. xx
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  6. Beth September 6, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    How great is that? That’s wonderful that your son has such a love for Jesus that it is showing up in how he views his craft–or perhaps the subject of his craft. And I’m so glad that you want to encourage him in finding his spiritual inspiration wherever he is immersing himself. On a side note, I remember that song and can imagine that it easily gets stuck in your head–in a good way. After all, God wants us to dream the impossible dream because He does the impossible! Thanks for the linkup, Pat, and for encouraging all of us to inspire and be inspired!
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    • Pat September 6, 2017 at 11:57 am #

      Yes, I’ve been humming it for a few days now… 😉
      A church we used to attend called our big dreams “HIM-possible dreams”, as in “they’re only something that God will be able to make happen.” I love that…and often categorize some of my dreams that way…

      “To dream, the Him-possible dream…”
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  7. Michele Morin September 6, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    My #4 sounds a lot like yours — maybe it’s a birth order thing? Whatever the reason, I’m thankful for these wiser than years guys!
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  8. Elizabeth September 6, 2017 at 6:09 am #

    Oh, Pat, I love that story about your son! Among other reasons, I was a musical theater nut all through high school who LIVED for for our annual musical and spent most of my time in the choir room. 😉 This might seem like a bit of a non sequitur, but here’s a YouTube clip I think you’d both enjoy. Spoiler alert: this is NOT me as the wicked stepsister in Cinderella, although I did play that role. No, this is my favorite “Impossible Dream” bit. I promise: it relates. 😉
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    • Pat September 6, 2017 at 10:18 am #

      Why am I NOT surprised that you were a “musical theatre nut”, Elizabeth? 😉 Did you forget to include the clip of the YouTube video? I’d love to see it!! Do send it along when you can!!!
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  9. Helen Reynolds September 6, 2017 at 1:45 am #

    What a great moment with your son! I love when those happen! Thanks for sharing it.

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