The Impossible Task

One day, a bunch of frogs decided to have a race to see if anyone could get to the top of a tall tree. As the race started, some of the people in the crowd began to comment,

“Oh, they’ll never make it.”

“That tree is just too tall for a frog to climb.”

“They don’t have a chance.”

Many of the frogs fell back to the ground, but a small group continued the race. The crowd still did not believe they would be able to make it and you could hear them saying,

“They are all going to get hurt.”

“They are all way too high.”

“This is really dangerous.”

And, sure enough, the remaining frogs all fell from the tree – all but one, that is. He made it all the way to the top and, when they asked him how he had managed to climb that tall tree, it turned out … that the winner was deaf!

Very often, other people will have opinions about what you are attempting to do and very often they will turn out to be negative opinions especially if you are trying to accomplish anything challenging. Perhaps, one of life’s greatest lessons is to learn to not take heed of other people’s negativity.

Remember that everyone will have an opinion whether or not they are qualified to give it. If you want an opinion on something, find an expert. Don’t listen to the myriad opinions of the unqualified crowd. Be like that deaf frog and just keep going!

The story also reminded me of the poem It Couldn’t be Done by Edgar Guest.

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, as he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one we know 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 right 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

You can read more inspiring poems here.

One thought on “The Impossible Task

  1. piet

    Thanks for this. I really needed this – because it is not spectators telling me it cannot be done, it is the little man on my shoulder!

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