There is an American phrase I've often heard that expresses hopelessness. People say it in response to another person's struggles. After someone tells a long story about their difficulty with politics, money, or medicine, I've heard the listener say, exhaling with a sigh,
"What can you do?"
Which has the effect of ending the conversation (sometimes, to the relief of the listener).
Yesterday, while browsing the Etsy blog, I came upon that phrase again. Only this time, it was used in a different way. Tara Gentile, editor of Scoutie Girl is hosting a workshop based on the question "can it be done?"
Which is a phrase to live on. While "what can you do?" symbolizes defeat and hopelessness, "can it be done?" opens up possibilities. The reason is that "what can you do" is a question with millions of possible answers. It is open ended and vague. "Can it be done?" requires only two responses: yes, or no.
Sound confusing? Thanks for hanging in there with me to this point. I realize that because the majority of my day is spent with my son, it seems that he is the only topic I write about. Perhaps this gets rather boring and predictable for folks. Today, I wanted to talk about something different. I wondered if I could write about something other than parenting. I wanted to write about how we change our way of thinking so that we can set great things in motion. I thought, "can it be done?"
When thinking of something you have wanted to do for a long time, ask yourself, "can it be done?" If the answer is yes, even if it is a meek, uncertain yes, then go out and do it! And be sure to tell me about it later.