Thursday, April 14, 2011
The thing you cannot do . . .
“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt
These words hang on my refrigerator, a handmade sign written by my husband to encourage both of us. I look at it when I’m feeling at a loss and the urge hits me to give up. Not just on writing but on life.
Maybe it’s the word MUST that draws me. Maybe it’s the concept that it’s only my negative thoughts that keep me from taking that next step.
Either way, the sign works. I don’t give up on life or on my writing.
But I was really close to giving up on both not long ago.
I don’t like to admit that but it’s true. In life, too many disappointments can make going on as hard as holding my breath when my lungs are about to burst. The edge of the pool is so close, within an arm’s reach but my air is depleted. I contemplate letting go and sinking to the bottom. So easy. Giving up.
In writing, I run out of ideas, I run out of places to query, I run out of hope.
You Must . . .
Do the thing you THINK you cannot do . . .
I think I can’t write a worthy book.
I think I can’t live another day in fear of loss.
I think my words don’t matter.
I think my existence doesn’t matter.
Funny how our thoughts trip us.
Or encourage us.
You MUST do the thing you THINK you cannot do . . . and see what happens next.
Have your thoughts tripped you or encouraged you lately?