Chanukah: The Impossible is Possible

The Impossible is Possible … a Chanukah post.

Do you believe that the impossible is possible? Maybe you believe all things are possible. Perhaps, though, you really do buy into the whole concept of impossibility. I hope not.

When my children were toddlers (they are now 18, 16 and 14) we were watching a Chanukah video. It was not a very good video. I do not even remember the name of it, yet it has stuck with me. One of the songs had a most wonderful line:

“Miracles don’t just happen, they need people to help them along!”

I loved this message of people helping miracles to happen. I will not go deeply into the religious aspects of Judaism and the belief in Chanukah, other than to say that the Festival of Lights celebrates the reclaiming of the temple. During that time there was only enough oil for the menorah to burn for one night, yet it burned for eight.

This is the miracle that those following the Jewish religion celebrate at this time of year. Perhaps you believe in this, or perhaps you believe in other miracles. They are all around us. But, they do need people to help them along. After all, someone had to light the menorah each day despite the seeming impossibility of the task.

Impossible is defined by Merriam -Webster as “incapable of being or of occurring.” This would mean you believe the impossible can never occur. What a sad state of affairs that would be. You would never push beyond your limits, because it would never occur to you that a limit, like one day’s worth of oil, could be simply a concept, not an absolute reality.  You would believe the impossible is impossible!

But, wait!

Look a little deeper…. Merriam -Webster goes on. There is a second definition of “impossible” and this definition I like much better.


adjective \(ˌ)im-ˈpä-sə-bəl\:

felt to be incapable of being done, attained, or fulfilled :  insuperably difficult.

FELT to be incapable. Yes, I am shouting that lovely word very much on purpose.  It is all just a concept, a limitation we put on ourselves. A perception that something is impossible will make it impossible. If you change the perception, then all of a sudden the miracle happens! What once seemed impossible is possible.

I personally celebrate the traditions of both Chanukah and Christmas.

Chanukah was a bit of a challenge for us last year since it occurred during Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving presented its own hurdles with 25 people coming to dinner and less than a week for shopping, preparing and cooking. I was also highly disappointed to learn that my son was scheduled to work from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm on that day. As well, I was very sad an important family member was no longer with us to celebrate.

However, I trudged on. I prepared some recipes from a favorite cookbook, accepted the offers of help and surrendered myself to the day. In the end my son was allowed to leave work early, I was surrounded by loved ones and there was good food on the table.  It was not an earth shattering miracle but it was the one I needed. I changed my perceptions and the circumstances changed with them.

So how do you change your perception?

1. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, The Father of Motivation, tells us, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” You will create the life that you perceive for yourself.  So see beauty, success and happiness.

2.  Do not get stuck on what has happened to you but rather look for the lesson, and use the lesson to your advantage.

impossible is possible

3. Learn what is standing in your way. Find the resources to help you to work through those obstacles.

4.  Surround yourself with people who help you to be the best version of you that you can possibly be. Offer them the same blessing.

5. Be thankful for what you have. Appreciate the miracles that surround you and consider your future with appreciation.

6. Think about what you can offer to the world.

During this season, and all other seasons, I encourage you to look deep into your heart and look for the miracles you can help along.

Naturally Yours,
Elise Cohen Ho
PS I would love to hear about your miracles and your holiday celebrations. Please share in the comments below.



Author: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
With over 25 years of experience, Elise Cohen Ho, PhD, HHP, NC, MH is an expert in natural health (mental, physical and emotional), support of the family unit and support of the individual. As a Natural Health & Lifestyle Therapist, Amazon International Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker, she wants every person to understand that they bring incredible POWER to the world with their amazing and unique gifts. Elise is available as a freelance writer, public speaker and for private consultation. Please email to set up a FREE consultation today.


  • Elise,

    What a lovely description of the true meaning of Chanukah, a miracle occurring with the help of people. Chanukah seems to be so quiet and small alongside of all the glittering Christmas lights and the gift giving hustle and bustle during the days leading up to Christmas. Chanukah is just simple lights representing a miracle of life.

    You have transferred the meaning of Chanukah into our everyday beliefs about what is possible and what seems to be impossible. I have been discovering that so many limits are self-made and that we really can create what we want and have the type of life we truly desire. Creating my online business has taught me so much about what is possible and what stands in the way of doing what needs to be done.

    Hope you had a wonderful Chanukah and Christmas this year.


    Dr. Erica
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    • Thank you, Erica. Chanukah certainly does not have all the light and sparkle of Christmas, that is for certain. I agree that so many limits are self made. they are limits based on what we think we can do. I always say that the magic is when you push outside of your comfort zone. Here is where we find what is truly possible. Here is where we often find the surprise that what is truly possible is beyond what we thought we could do.

      Happy 2016! Remember to step out of your comfort zone 🙂
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