“It can’t be done.” Nothing jerks my cord quicker than someone making that kind of a sweeping statement. What has this got to do with health? Nothing, and everything.
We can choose to go through life believing it can’t be done while others are doing it, whatever it is. It’s the old “glass half full or glass half empty” scenario. If there is one person who believes it can be done there will be dozens who believe it can’t, and they’ll try to bring the believer down to their non-believing level. Maybe they don’t like wallowing alone.
Sometimes we can believe so strongly that nothing can be done, concerning situations we’ve created in our life, that we get stuck in our belief systems, and those beliefs then become who we are. When we go through life not allowing ourselves to admit that we are the creators of all that happens to us, we can remain the perpetual victims. If we choose to grovel in the pit we’ve chosen for our life, we can see everything that falls outside of our comfort zone as something that can’t be done. Many people live in a world of right or wrong, if someone else is right, then they believe they must be wrong, and vice versa.
Those of us who were around during the space race, remember when the first man set foot on the moon. Before that time there were those who said it couldn’t be done. After it was done a large percentage of the detractors said it was all a fake and had been produced in Hollywood (or somewhere with many special effects). A lot of people get caught in their own BS: belief systems). Since that time, humans have spent months and years in space stations orbiting the Earth, unmanned missions have gone to Mars and sent back pictures that a semi-professional backyard photographer would be proud of, and all of it has been documented as fact. A lot of attempts fail, but that’s generally the case when anything new is tried.
We learn by our mistakes. If it didn’t work, we don’t want to do what we did before or duplicate what others did and failed. But we may find the answer by trying different things: a change in diet, a new exercise, an unconventional approach, a altered way of thinking or even taking what didn’t work and making a few slight modifications. The saying, “It can’t be done.” is the nay sayer cop-out. Nay sayer: one who opposes, refuses to believe or habitually denies. Fortunately for humankind, there have always been the others.
I have a personal acquaintance that’s admirable. She was born with scoliosis; walks hunched over and has to use a cane. She’s a nationally acclaimed artist and creates her masterpieces by putting her canvas on the floor of her studio, getting down on hands and knees or sitting flat on her bottom. She’s helped support and encourage greatness from friends, acquaintances and an extended family. She’s created parks and established businesses in the arts in the southwest and on the East Coast. Watching her walk from place to place probably makes others, those who believe it can’t be done, tired. Her belief system is it can be done and she does it.
How did I get started on this? I was proposing a pilot project to the interim mayor of a small town. The project falls in the area of health. The project requires no money, research and insignificant manpower from the town. Useful information would be turned over to the town without charge. In other words, the town has nothing to lose and there may possibly be a lot to gain.
I caught up with the mayor while he was eating lunch. There were two other men sitting at the same table. While asking the mayor if he thought I should get it on the agenda for the next town meeting, one of the other men interrupted and said, “It can’t be done.” The man based his entire judgment on something he’d heard about that was similar and had been done using an unknown technique with an unknown quantity. There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says. “Those who believe it can’t be done, need to move out of the way of those doing it.”
Fortunately, thousands of years ago, there were those who didn’t listen. I like living in a house and can’t see any advantages at all to living in a cave just because someone believed moving out of a cave couldn’t be done.