Friday, July 19, 2019

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It Couldn’t Be Done

Somebody said that 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 as 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 ever has 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 as 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 in to sing as you tackle the thing
      That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

Don't Quit
John Greenleaf Whittier

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit-

Rest if you must, but don't you quit.Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don't give up though the pace seems slow -

You may succeed with another blow.Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

Often the struggler has given up

Whe he might have captured the victor's cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It might be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -

It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.


Gigi said...

Edgar Guest is one of my favorite poets. I have had my children memorize "It Couldn't Be Done" and it is stuck in our memory banks for those hard days!

Marianne said...

Yet another video to keep me company! I so admire your wisdom and your attitude... Keep them coming!

SharonR said...

My Granddad would sometimes sing a part of a song to draw attention to his boys away from their arguing. "Home On The Range" was one my dad remembered especially. Granddaddy would emphasize these words, "Where seldom is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day". Lovely way to raise children, isn't it?

Gigi said...

Sharon, I love that idea. I think I will use it. Thank you.

jeanannemarie said...

I get so much from your blog and videos. Here is a saying you will like from Alcoholics Anonymous: Don't quit before the miracle happens. I love that one! I have gotten my make up on and some minor repairs done while listening this morning. Another time, I got a room cleaned.

Lydia said...

Not so much wisdom on my part as memories and example that help me along!

A take-off on that good AA statement: don’t wait for the miracle to happen!

Feminine Belle said...

I find it highly unusual once a negative thought comes into our minds, we convince ourselves we can no longer achieve what we started to put our minds to do in order to begin!

I remember when someone was attacking me with their words trying to pick a fight and brought their young teen as a witness to what was being said.

I simply looked at the person criticizing me that I was sorry she feel that way about it, but understand, then looked away.

In doing so took the wind right out of her angry sails.

Wouldn't it be amusing if the teen used it on the criticizing parent later on?

Dress up, look up and live it up!
~Lydia Sherman

1889wife said...

Thank you for more encouraging words, Lady Lydia. I've been so enjoying the videos. While listening today I washed walls and baseboards, did several loads of laundry, swept the floors, dusted and did dishes! What fun it was! Truly! Thanks so much for what you do.

Lydia said...

Thanks for the list of accomplishments. It’s always a faster task when listening to something. I’ve got more poems, sayings, figures of speech, stories, and housekeeping hints coming next week. Right now I’m getting my computer, the one from the olden days, transferred to a refurbished pc, also from the olden days(but still working).

Lydia said...

Could you please enter your comment again? I’m afraid in trying to figure out how to post it I deleted it! I’m slowly coming out of the adjustment of a different computer and hope to be back soon with another post /video

Kaye :) said...

Great video! I'm looking forward to playing catch-up with your blog. :)

Kaye :)

Mrs. M. said...

I love that.