“Before anything became easy, it was hard.”
I originally saw this quote on the wall of an elementary school teacher’s classroom for gifted students. I have been sharing it with kids ever since.
This quote is significant for adults to keep in mind as well. Let’s face it! How many of us have unconquered dreams that persist onward only in our minds, due to the fact that we tried to take the first step…
…Or so we thought. Outside of anomalies in the human population, very few of us exited our mother’s wombs knowing how to do anything when first attempted. To my critical thinkers out there…Yes I know that infants can grasp or grip with their hands, and gaze with their eyes immediately, but they must be taught/learn how to do everything else! I believe if more adults were candid and transparent with young people about the struggles that they have faced and overcome in life, they could liberate so many young people who have come behind them…The ones who are still looking for those shoulders to stand on.
Who will you liberate today?
REMEMBER EVERY NEW EXPERIENCE HAS A LEARNING
CURVE, SO DON’T BECOME DISCOURAGED BY THE
PROCESS ; )
Below I have featured one of my most favorite poems that was introduced to me by my mother of course ; ) May it inspire you, as it continues to inspire me.
by Edgar A. Guest
Figure it out for yourself, my lad. You’ve all that the greatest of men have had, Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes, And a brain to use if you would be wise. With this equipment they all began, So start for the top and say, “I Can.”
Look them over, the wise and the great, They take their food from a common plate, And similar knives and forks they use, With similar laces they tie their shoes. The world considers them brave and smart, But you’ve all they had when they made their start.
You can triumph and come to skill, You can be great if you only will. You’re well equipped for what fight you choose, You have arms and legs and a brain to use. And the man who has risen great deeds to do, Began his life with no more than you.
You are the handicap you must face, You are the one who must choose your place, You must say where you want to go, How much you will study the truth to know. God has equipped you for life, but He Lets you decide what you want to be.
Courage must come from the soul within, The man must furnish the will to win. So figure it out for yourself, my lad, You were born with all the great have had, With your equipment they all began. Get hold of yourself, and say: “I Can.”
from Collected Verse of Edgar Guest NY:Buccaneer Books, 1976, pg. 666