April 9, 2012

If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. — Thomas Edison

When I look at this photo and read this quote, I have to ask myself when was the last time I did something as brave as ride off on a great big horse with my feet dangling a good 18 inches above my stirrups and nothing but blue sky and open prairie in front of me. It has been a long time since I took a leap of faith that big — or have been willing to take a fall that far down if things came around to it. But that’s the beauty of being a kid: you don’t worry so much about your limitations because nobody has told you what they are yet. It’s a sad state of affairs that anyone, ever, tells you that you can’t do something. But it happens all the time. And we, as human beings, are very susceptible to the suggestion that “it” is not possible or we are not the “one” to do it.

Thankfully, Mr. Edison didn’t fall victim to this mentality. If he had, I would be in bed right now (since it’s 9:25 pm), sleeping in the dark (or probably trying to read by candlelight) and so would you!

So remember Mr. Edison, this quote and the little cowgirl on the great big horse the next time you’re faced with something you’re not sure you’re “capable” of … remember you have the power to astound yourself.

Read more about Thomas Edison here: http://www.thomasedison.com/biography.html