"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' ... You must do the thing you think you cannot do." Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by LivingI was recently reminded of that line in one of Oprah's Life Class episodes: You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
I saw the episode when I was catsitting for Swiss Girl. The next day I knew I had to open my damned computer and edit my novella, and I stood there in the kitchen looking towards the living room, and I felt like: I can't. I don't even know why I felt this way. I knew that if I just started I'd be fine, but starting felt like this huge task. And then I remembered the line. I said to myself: Mabel, you must do The Thing You Cannot Do. And I marched myself over to the couch and worked on my novella.
I shared this with Ms. Brownlow. It's become our mantra. She's had some much more difficult things to do than opening a Scrivener file, and she kept telling herself: Time to do The Thing I Cannot Do. She muscled through. She kicked a. and took n.
Yesterday and today I made my bloggy nabe rounds, and saw a lot of Facing the Thing That Cannot Be Done. One frog (Friend on a Blog!) has just learned that her brother's cancer is back, aggressively so. Everyday things suddenly became Things That Cannot Be Done. But she did them.
So... just wishing you all luck with your Thing That Cannot Be Done, whether it's getting out of bed tomorrow morning, making that phone call, leaving that dude, walking the dog, quitting your job. May the Force be with you.
"We'll never get it out now!" (Too much left brain, Luke. Too much left brain.)