Lessons from the road

This picture reminds me of a favorite quote I had when I was younger. “Those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it”. (James Baldwin)

Somewhere, at some time, someone enterprising individual must have said “we don’t have to go around the mountain, we can go through it!”. I wonder if there were scoffers, those who snickered behind his back.
I find that this little saying has come true in my own life over and over again. There are little things at work that we tend to talk around and around about, when I know that if someone just sits down and does it it will be finished.
In other cases in my life, there have been situations where I, myself, have been convinced that I couldn’t do something, but with the help of God and others I found the strength needed to walk through the mountain.
Have there been occasions in your life when you may have been told, either directly or indirectly, that something couldn’t be done? What was your response?

I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. What a great post! And I love the quote. I’m going to make note of it.

  2. Great quote…I’ve “sticky-noted-it” to the monitor at my “real job”. I just love your blogs. I find comfort in them. Have a great weekend.

  3. Telling me something can’t/shouldn’t be done is like a triple Double Dawg Dare Ya. There’s no way I’m gonna be stumped! 🙂

  4. Is that picture now?? IS there snow there like that?
    I enjoyed this post immensely.
    When I left a job for Christian ministry as a bookstore owner, I had many people tell me it couldn’t be done–but we did. Again I find myself at the spot in the road where we are once again beginning a business at the worst time in history, but determination is something I don’t let go of easily.

  5. Janna – I can’t tell you how often this quote has come to mind over the past number of years. It’s very true.
    Ang – thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you’re enjoying my blog.
    Angie – I LOVE your attitude!
    Terri – I took this picture on our way to Calgary for Thanksgiving. Determination is a powerful thing. All the best in your new business. P.S. for some reason I get emails when anyone posts a comment except you. Not sure what’s up with that!

  6. Hmm-what do you mean you get emails from everyone else? You mean you don’t get notification when I comment? Wonder why? I post in the box–this time I clicked the email box–let me know if that works.

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