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Equipment For Life – Inspiration Friday

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, and he did it! 

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that; 

      At least no one ever 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 in with a bit of a grin, 

      Just take off your coat and go to it; 

Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing 

    That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

Edgar Albert Guest (20 August 1881 in BirminghamEngland – 5 August 1959 in DetroitMichigan) was a prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the People’s Poet. His poems often had an inspirational and optimistic view of everyday life.

How many times have you had an idea, a dream, and not followed through ? We should all listen to the wisdom of the words in this poem and take them to heart. Learn them, remember them and make them part of who we are. It is too easy to think, or believe, that we can’t do something when in reality if we just try we could and by trying we learn and become better, stronger, more confident human beings.

This is a trait we should adopt and share with other people and in particular our children. If we can instill this value in all the children then this would indeed be a better world.