It Couldn’t be Done

One of the biggest obstacles in life is when we fool ourselves into believing that obstacles exist. Whenever something stands in our way, it’s really up to us to see it as an obstacle or as an opportunity.
When faced with a new project at work we can complain about the difficulty or we can just roll up our sleeves and get to work. As Edgar Guest put it:

Somebody said it couldn’t be done,

But he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing and he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one has ever done it”;

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quiddit,

He started to sing and he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start to sing as you tackle the thing

That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

Originally Posted: 3/01/10

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2 Responses to “It Couldn’t be Done”

  1. mike says:

    Great poem. Edgar Guest was an interesting person. Thank you for sharing.

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