I Can Do It!
This is something, I keep telling myself, when I start doubting the progress of things. I am not a quitter. Well, I do not think there is anything wrong in being a quitter either. Sometimes it is good to quit one thing, for something better. However, we are conditioned to try more and more.
I remember an incident from my early college days. In retrospect, it seems funny, but I had been so upset back then. I had bought a poster off the roadside. It had the picture of a cute dog, lying down with its eyes closed. The caption read, “I Can, But I Won’t!” I loved it, to say the least. I stuck it proudly, on the wardrobe door.
My Dad however was irritated with it and said it wasn’t a right attitude to have, asked me not to put it up. I don’t remember why he took it so seriously. Later that week, one day I returned home to see the poster torn. The “But I Won’t” portion was torn and the words “And I Will” was written in a black marker. It upset me so much to see that. I cried like a baby. I also fought with my Mom and Dad for having done that. That incident shows how ingrained the “I Can” attitude is, in my family.
I have been through worse; I can handle this!
When I face tough situations, I remind myself of how we handled things after my father’s death. The emotional, physical and financial hassles were at its peak then, but we sailed through. What I tell myself, is that if I could survive that, I can certainly survive through many other not so big problems in life.
Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.
This is a dialogue in the movie Shawshank Redemption. Beautiful movie. It shows how having hope, will make a difference. I remind myself of this, whenever I feel that nothing is working out. Hope keeps the spark alive. Yes, it sometimes causes disappointment too. Yet, it is better to be hopeful about things, than giving up.