Attempting Impossible

Start by doing what’s necessary;
then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

~Saint Francis of Assisi

One of my favorite contemplations on All Saints Day is the remembrance that all the Saints honored were human. Most all were flawed, wronged, broken-hearted, misguided, misunderstood or generally, well, normal and just like me.

What they accomplished (and I so often forget) is remembering that it is in the journey, the putting of one foot in front of the other, that real accomplishment lives. It is in the belief that steadfast dedication to the progression of a mission is just as, if not more, important than ones ability. There is also a case there for the idea that a little prayer is always helpful, but that’s a different column.

Regardless of higher power belief system, the lesson of the Saints holds true. Ordinary people can do extraordinary things. And while skill, intelligence, natural-born talent may assist or propel, one must find the determination to do and the perseverance to continue.

We are not discussing those moments where the journey is easy, although those times are much enjoyable. We are discussing those times when it is easier to stay in bed, pull the covers over our heads to block out the needs of those around us, and throw up our hands in defeat at the bigness of it all.

Today I encourage you forget the fear encompassed in the idea of failure. Instead consider the harm if nothing is done at all. Consider those in need, the project that brings good, the idea that helps. Then consider the old idea, “If not you, who? And if not now, when?” Then pick one thing. Just one. Commit to that, the necessary, the needed, the must be done. Then just keep going. Most folks I know are so much more talented than they believe and so much more capable than they dare to admit. Yeah, I am talking about you. Let me be the one to remind you (and me) – Most things we think are impossible have already been accomplished by someone, somewhere, so it isn’t. And those things that haven’t are just waiting on someone like you to be first.

Thanks for the coffee.

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