Believing in Six Impossible Things

by Erica

Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
- Alice, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

Does believing in six impossible things before breakfast have a particular relevance for Linda Woolverton, screenwriter of Disney’s Alice In Wonderland, as a mother? “My whole MO with my daughter was to raise her to believe that she can do anything, be anything, accomplish anything she wants.”

“This is my dream,” declares Alice in the film. “I’ll decide where it goes from here. I make the path.” It’s the purest expression of what it means to be a protagonist—in a movie, and in life.

Believing in the impossible, shooting for the moon. What an incredible theme for a movie.

In Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND, now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Movie Download in North America, Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny.


In the film’s climatic scene, as Alice advances on the Jabberwocky, she counts off six impossible things to herself: “There’s a potion that can make you shrink; a cake that can make you grow; animals can talk; cats can disappear; there’s a place called Wonderland; and I can slay the Jabberwocky.” “Counting off is the process of working up to achieve her goal.

What six impossible things do you think of before breakfast?

  • Perhaps you dream to touch lives around you in a monumental way.
  • Maybe you dream of finally owning a house.
  • Do you dream of finishing school and earning that degree?
  • Or maybe it’s a bit simpler, dreaming to have more patience throughout the day.


I would like to hear one of YOUR “impossible” dreams, but keep in mind that nothing is impossible. Please leave a comment below, sharing your impossible dream.

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Erica has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom writing team since the summer of 2008. She is a mom to three little ones - Audrey (7), Isaiah (4) and Christian (3).

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1 Michele Anne June 4, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Alice in Wonderland was one of my favoite books when I was a kid….and I do bielieve you have to believe in the unbelievable.


2 Shannon June 4, 2010 at 7:28 pm

an impossible dream….I would like to one day my own home! :o)


3 Marci June 4, 2010 at 7:42 pm

One of my “impossible” dreams is to own my own hobby farm with chickens, horses, goats, and dogs!!


4 Krystina June 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Impossible dream? it would be to stay home with my kids!


5 stacy June 4, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I’d love to be a SAHM again.


6 Anne June 4, 2010 at 9:42 pm

My impossible dream: to have never-ending patience.


7 anthy June 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

My impossible dream is to have every summer off (for ~3 months, just like when I was a kid), but at the same time still have a well-paying, stable job that I love. :-)

Thank you for the giveaway!


8 LingaB June 4, 2010 at 11:07 pm

My ‘impossible’ dream is to own land, have a small farm and be self sufficient off the land!


9 staceyk June 5, 2010 at 1:13 am

I believe in change for the better… giving people second chances


10 Smellyann June 5, 2010 at 1:25 am

My impossible dream is that my father will back off trying to make me a Republican! ;)


11 Mozi Esmes Mom June 5, 2010 at 1:56 am

Firstly, I want to be content in my role as a mom. But my impossible dream for myself is to be a midwife in a third-world country – training other midwives so we can reduce the infant mortality rates there.


12 Barbie June 5, 2010 at 2:19 am

A dream I have had just recently is to be able to stay home with my kids. My older two are all grown. It would be nice to be home with my younger two and not have to work.


13 Elizabeth June 5, 2010 at 8:07 am

my dream would be to simply life for my children… no tv, cell phones, or other modern “distractions”. and more homegrown cooking and baking. having more time to focus on raising them and keeping the focus our family and working together.


14 Kathy Stevenson June 5, 2010 at 8:32 am

My impossible dream is to work for Disney writing my books!


15 Steph June 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

One of my impossible dreams is to have my dog (and best friend) Charlie live as long as I will.


16 Carol M June 5, 2010 at 12:19 pm

My impossible dream is to someday live in a nice house with enough room to entertain family and friends.


17 Jaimie K June 5, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Daily I dream of being out of debt. I know it is possible, and we are trying really hard to work toward that goal, but sometimes it sure seems impossible!
I’d also love to live a little out in the country with land and not have people everywhere.
Thanks! I’d love to win this movie. Haven’t seen it yet, but I’m dying to. :)


18 Sandra K321 June 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

One of mine is that they will find a cure for prostate cancer before it is too late for hubby.


19 kelli June 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Other than the obvious- get a kidney transplant, mine would be for my children to be free of the pain and loneliness they feel, so they can be happy and fulfilled through the rest of their days.


20 Kara Griffeth June 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm

It would be to stay at home with my daughter until she goes to kindergarten!!


21 dancealert June 5, 2010 at 9:00 pm

My impossible dream would be to dance again. I had too many surgeries so can’t do it much any more. I really loved it!


22 joyce proctor June 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

My impossible dream would be help every cause I feel passionate it about, and believe me it’s a lot! I see injustice and immediately want to fix it or help out – being a mom of two on a tight budget makes helping out just a few causes a great feat for me – but a girl can dream……maybe one day my kids will be famous and have lots of money to hand out to those in need! :)


23 Julie Beasley June 5, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I believe someday my husband and I will run a bed and breakfast. Seems like a bit of a dream now, but I think it will one day be a reality by the grace of God.

Just watched this movie last night. Very inspirational.


24 Rebecca June 6, 2010 at 12:53 pm

To be able to quit my job.


25 Chris June 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I would love a new computer and an iPad. Some day…


26 Pixie June 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm

An end to the drama would be wonderful!


27 Daniel M June 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

would like to get out of debt someday


28 TheAngelForever June 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm

My impossible dream would be for my mother not to have back pain anymore and be able to play with her grandchildren without being in agony later on.


29 Amanda A June 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I would love to go back to school and have a career that would still allow plenty of time with my kids!


30 Staci A June 6, 2010 at 10:43 pm

My impossible dream…to travel around the world as a family and experience other cultures first hand. (I also think it’s a dream of my 5 year old. He was born an explorer!)


31 Angie June 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm

My “impossible” dream is to have all of my kids to grow up and lead healthy, productive lives.


32 LAMusing June 7, 2010 at 1:42 am

to have financial security and freedom


33 Alison S. June 7, 2010 at 10:32 am

I dream of going back to school to finish my degree.


34 Suzanne (Crunchy green Mom) June 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

My “Impossible” Dream….to be an ASL teacher. I’d love to teach parents and siblings how to speak with their hearing impaired loved ones.


35 Stephanie June 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm

A Few of My (Im)POSSIBLE dreams:
* Run in a 1/2 marathon.
* Be mortgage-less.
* Custom build our dream home.


36 Brandy June 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

before breakfast.
sleeping past 6
no whinning breakfast
Allergy free


37 Tina S. June 8, 2010 at 11:42 pm

My impossible dream would be to own the house of my dreams!


38 Jo Ann Molitor June 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm

My impossilble dream(s) would be to be able to sleep in, go to Hawaii for a month, have no bills, have the house cleaned for me :)


39 katklaw777 June 11, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I’d luv to travel to Scotland and Ireland and visit some castles. thanks.


40 Lisa L June 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm

I’d love to travel around the world with my family.


41 trixx June 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm

An impossible dream is to move out of my apartment and into a house!


42 Peggy Gorman June 12, 2010 at 9:34 pm

One dream I have is to live pain free! I will take even 1 day!


43 LWren June 13, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I want to be a culinary artist someday!


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