“What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desires, you can achieve.” -Norman Vincent Peale
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” –Anatole France
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatness.” -Robert F. Kennedy
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller
“Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” -Albert Einstein
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” -Tony Robbins
I looked up those quotes this morning. Up until today I always considered that “if you put your mind to it and work hard enough, you can accomplish ANYTHING” crap to be just a bunch of stupid hogwash. Sure, you can achieve a lot of things, but not everything. I laughed at people who put their faith in inspirational/motivational motormouths like Tony Robbins and his ilk.
However, I’ve been a little frustrated lately. As I’ve said before, I take challenges seriously and I’ve been unable to complete the Summer Solstice Challenge which has been staring me in the face for over a week. Even though Rich has given us plenty of leeway before and after June 21st to complete the challenge, I feel like I’m late. I don’t like being late. I’ve NEVER liked being late. (Check out my grade school, high school, college, and employment attendance records–they’re perfect, I assure you.)
Oh, I can make excuses all day long: “It’s cloudy.” “It’s raining.” “It’s snowing.” “The sun changed its course this evening and went down too early.” “I had to go to a dental appointment/birthday party/wedding/funeral/pagan solstice ceremony.” I got tired of making excuses–though the clouds and rain excuses seemed pretty legitimate.
It’s cloudy and raining again today. “NO MORE EXCUSES!” I said to myself. I could no longer sit around and HOPE I’d be able to photograph a sunset–oh no, I knew I had to get off my lazy ass and MAKE it happen. That’s when I went onto the internet in search of some inspiration.
Inspired by the inspirers, I put on my rain jacket and rode into the rain, which was really just a drizzle by this time and, by god, I had confidence, desire, a dream, a plan, and a willingness to attempt the absurd. That’s right, I wanted it bad enough that I was willing to not only meet this challenge, but to CRUSH it. And crush it I did.
Pretty nice, right? A miraculous, yellowy-orange sunset on a rainy day. It’s half-way below the horizon and, get this, it’s not even noon yet. I can’t believe I’ve been doubting all those positive thinkers all these years. (Another thing worth noting is that there are a few raindrops among the rays of the sun, but none on the intensely hot surface of the sun.)
“Okay, okay, so you’ve achieved success. Could you please shut up about it?” –G-2