Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Inspiration Wednesday- I can't

  Hello my darling LD fam, happy mid week, its another edition
 of inspiration Wednesday, read and be inspired.

I was the quintessential "I can't" child -- the poster child for the
 Advancement of the word "can't."

Whatever my mother told or asked me to do was immediately
 followed by my whining, "I caaaaan't." Consequently, very few
 tasks or goals that I set out to accomplished were ever completed.

One evening, my mother called me into the family room where she
 was reading an article in the TV Guide. On the cover was a photo
 of Marlo Thomas, currently starring in the popular sitcom, That Girl.
 Mother knew that the show was one of my favorites and Marlo one 
of my show biz idols.

"I want you to read this article," Mother began. "It's about Marlo Thomas.
 She tells how a simple poem that she was forced to learn by her father 
changed her life. She went from saying, "I can't" to "I can!" According to
 this article, she was able to restructure her life, and eventually her career,
 by learning the principles in the poem."

Sensing a conspiracy between Marlo Thomas and my mother,
 I took the small magazine from Mother and looked down at the
 glossy pages. There was Marlo, looking perky and adorable. Her
 smile was radiant and her trademark shoulder-flip hair was styled
 to perfection. I thought it must be grand to be Marlo! Beside her photo
 was the poem my mother had spoken of; a simple poem entitled, "I Can."
"I want you to memorize that poem," Mother said firmly.
"Mamaaaaa," I belly-ached. "I can't learn that poem. It's too loooong."
"It's not too long and yes, you can learn it. I want you to know 
it perfectly by this time tomorrow."
One does not say "no" to my mother. She coined the phrase:
 "When I tell you to jump you ask how high." She was the
 Queen of No nosense to elders. I adored her, but this was going too far!

I slumped my shoulders, turned and trudged my way back to my
 bedroom with the magazine loosely held in my small right hand.
 With a heavy heart, I plopped on my bed, fell back against the 
cotton spread and began my task.
"Can't is a word that is foe to ambition," I began. I repeated
 the line. I repeated it again and again until it held firm in my heart.
 "An enemy ambush to shatter your will..." I continued the process 
until the following evening, when I proudly recited the poem that
 has continued to be my motto.

Not long after,in my sixth grade i emerged as a top high jumper
 and a good reader in the school.
Ms. Thomas did not know me, but her story forever changed my life.
Saying, "I can," helped me to survive the worst moments of my life.
 Saying "I can" encouraged me to accomplish things I would have 
otherwise seen as out of my reach. A simple poem learned at seven
 is a poem that has sustained me to 22 years and will sustain me to
 seventy-seven. Maybe even longer.
Can't is a word that is foe to ambition;
An enemy ambush to shatter your will.
It's prey forever to a man with a mission;
And bows only to courage, and patience, and skill.
So hate it with hatred that's deep and undying,
For once it is welcomed twill break any man.
And whatever the goal you are seeking, Keep trying!
And answer this demon by saying, "I Can!"

By Sylvia malilwe


  1. Awww..ghis post is really inspiration..we need to speak positive things into our life like i can do it, i am well able..

  2. Really nice perspective and thoughts, thanks for sharing!

  3. I will hair to to write for my blog soon... Thanks for sharing

  4. Being positive is one of the keys to achieving great things in life. Really inspirational, thanks for bringing this here

  5. We gotta appreciate supportive parents. Whenever I feel down and think I can't do something, my mom is right there cheering me on. Thanks for this

  6. I can. I can. I can. Yes!!!

    Thanks for sharing this. I'm inspired. :)

  7. I being an optimistic person have longed erased *I can't * from my dictionary. In life you get what you see..

  8. Ican do it, you can achieve it if only you believe

  9. It has been said you "Can" Accomplish anything you choose if you're willing to make the Sacrifices Necessary ...

    Now do we have to memorize this poem too??? ;) tee hee

    Nice! Have a Beautiful Day! :)


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