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: Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26, NIV
    Quickly, now!  Express the concept of the word “impossible” in a proverbial saying. Here is my offering:
 “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”
Possible With God Granted, most thoughts don’t tend toward the topics of either silk purses or sow’s ears these days, but it is a good old saying that expresses the idea that something is - well - not possible!
    Many years ago a meat packing company took great pride in boasting of  the total utilization of one of their products, to the extent that they “used everything but the squeal.” I’m not sure what else they could do with pig’s ears besides make doggie snacks. I have not heard of a packing company selling silk purses. However, the idea proved to be just too tempting to another company, one that took challenges seriously. Somehow, they processed the cartilage in  pig’s ears so that it became sort of like a plastic, the same type of substance that is spun into nylon,  rayon, or - silk. And, you guessed it! They used their sow’s ear-become-threads to make a ‘silk purse.’ Just to show that it could be done, that it was indeed possible to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
    Here are some exercises for the mathematically inclined among you. Consider that the word “impossible” contains ten (10) letters. That means that two letters - ‘im’ - totally controls the other eight letters. That’s right, two out of ten. One-fifth, or twenty percent. So much for the the maxim that the majority prevails! Follow me? Take the majority letters “possible” and add just two more. That is all that is required to stop something dead in its tracks. Impossible, you say?  IMpossible!
    Consider, also, another way to stop things dead in their tracks with those same two letters, and the addition of one small symbol that is not even a letter. It is called an apostrophe. Just a dot that got squished, like this -
   makes im into I’m, a phrase with lots of potential. Potential = possibility. Still with me?    OK, I’m going to explain what I mean.  And, no,   I’m  NOT going to repeat it.
    A-hah!! Did you see that? The addition  of  that itsy-bitsy apostrophe made two words, totaling three letters, into one word with power. I am becomes “I’m.” Consider how often those three letter, either in their original form  (I am)  or the contraction, are mated with three more letters which really puts the brakes on things getting done.   I am NOT!     I’m NOT!
     I’m playing letter games. Yes, I am. But many people are quite serious about making I’m NOT = Impossible. Think about it. Consider how often you hear (or use) I’m NOT!  Quite often, I’m sure.
    Impossible? When I’m trying to make it on my own, yes. Let me give you three more letters that make all things possible.

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