Can Do

Hey Kids,

In a weird twist of reason, it was determined that Pirates of the Caribbean would be a good Halloween movie to watch this evening. The first movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl, more specifically was the selection.

I planned on not watching the movie and to set off to do my own thing. I ended up watching the entire movie.

Somewhere around one third/ halfway mark, there’s a scene I really like.

Jack Sparrow tells William Turner that the only thing that matters in this world is what a man can do, and what a man can’t do.

He explains that he could, in response to Will threatening him with the sword, just leave him dangling by the boom, over the ocean, until he eventually falls into the sea. But he couldn’t dock the ship at their destination by himself. So he brings him back on board. Now he can dock the ship, provided that Will decides he can follow the directions of a pirate, or not. In other words, your decisions of what you can do can determine what you can’t afterwards. Choose your actions carefully.

On a similar line, Henry Ford said: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t—you’re right.” A problem is not insurmountable nor does a dream die, until you quit.

I say if it needs to be done, do it. There’s no excuse for not rolling up your sleeves and doing whatever is needed from you.



Day 250

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