I have heard this little poem many times, over the years, but until now I never had a copy of it. This should be how we all look at life and challenges. We should not be content to just get by with living everyday just like the one before. We need to challenge our self to do new things and to do what we already do everyday even better. When we reach higher goals that we set, we get a renewed feeling of accomplishment and happiness. Now for the little poem.
The first sentence states that we should – “Be positive, set high goals for yourself and expect the same of others.”
It Couldn’t Be Done
Edgar A. Guest
Somebody said that it couldn’t be done. But he with a chuckle replied That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that; At least no one ever has done it”: But he took off his coat and he took off his hat, And the first thing we knew he’d begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quiddit, He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophesy failure; There are thousands to point out to you one by one, The dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
Hopefully this little poem will give you motivation to try to do something that you have never done before. It could be something that you have wanted to do for years, but were always afraid to try. Maybe your fear was the fear of failure. But, like the poem points out, you never know until you try it whether or not you actually have the ability to d it. What have you got to lose? The worst that can happen is that you find that you indeed cannot do it. Even if you do find that out, what have you lost? You are no worse off for trying to do it. But, if by chance you do accomplish the task, then you are better off for having tried to do it. You will have renewed confidence in yourself as well as a huge feeling of achievement. All of your friends will be so impressed. So go try to do something that you have always wanted to do, but were hesitant to do, because you didn’t want to fail. Be like the little train that thought he could. The train kept saying “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.” When he was done doing what he thought he could, he said “I thought I could. I thought I could. I thought I could, and I did.” Good luck.