Monday, May 21, 2012

i can't do that

I'm not sure if there is anything I can't do.  That is such a strong statement and one I don't think I want to utter.  Something I've heard repeatedly throughout the years is that if you say you can't do something, then you won't be able, and so I try to avoid that line of thinking.

There are things I find hard to do:

  • keep my cool when I'm hungry
  • leave the kitchen messy
  • drive the speed limit (aka slow!)
  • lower my expectations
  • relax and just live in the moment

There are things I won't do:

  • jump out of an airplane (have you seen the statistics on that?!)
  • settle for less then I'm worth
  • take unnecessary financial risks
  • stop worrying about my kids

"Can't" makes it seem like the subject is out of your control, as if you are a victim.  I'm struggling now to think of something, anything that is truly out of my control.  There are plenty of things that I choose NOT to control and may even convince myself that I have no control.  But if I am honest to myself, deep down I know that these things are in my control.  It is a function of my action or inaction whether or not I can or cannot do something.  Right now, I will choose to believe that there is nothing I can't do.

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