Anything is possible.
Yes, we’ve heard it all before in an Osmonds song. And for rational people, it’s open to criticism in the extreme. The thing is: It’s not a process statement, or a philosophical proposition. It sounds like it and looks like it, because it’s using the English language – but that’s its form, not its meaning.
It’s a description of experience.
And for those who are quick to critique: “Great. Let’s see you fly.” The Wright Brothers already answered that, but you’ve missed the point: we didn’t say “everything” – we said “anything”. And the difference, frankly, is experiential.
A person who started on the streets as a child with nothing, and achieves a graduate degree, his own company, a home, and a plethora of accomplishments, knows that anything is possible. He knows it, because he experienced it.
If his focus was on achieving “everything”, he would have failed miserably. The failure is either in the cognition of those who can’t grasp this, or in the experience. If cognition is corrected, experience can follow.
Christendom has used the phrase from of old, “With God, all things are possible.” We are not disputing that, certainly. All things… everything. We are distinguishing kinds of statements, though.
I have not experienced all things. But I have experienced “anything”. And it is more than possible. Set foot down that road, and it can be a certainty.