There’s no harm in trying

never give upAn international speaker, author and motivator once sat across the desk of Phillip Johnson, a renowned Architect. The motivator had a dream he wanted to share with Mr. Johnson. He wanted him to design a church building that would be all-glass structure.

“That is impossible,” Mr. Johnson said without hesitation. There and then, the motivator handed him a small dictionary,

and told him to look up the world ‘impossible’. Phillip Johnson was startled, and to his shock, he saw that someone had cut out the word impossible from the dictionary with a razor.

“That is right,” said the motivator. “The word impossible does not exist in my vocabulary.” It was a gag, but Mr. Johnson got the message, and went ahead to design what is now one of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals – The Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Orange County, California, USA, which was dedicated in September, 1980.

We just have to believe. We just have to discover, understand and utilize the potentials within us. It was Marie Curie who once observed that “Life is not easy for any of us, but what of that? We must have perseverance and above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

The story was told about Musa a Lebanese, who encountered one of the usual problems in their region which devastated everything in their environment. And so towards Jordan he went with others.

On getting to a point in the desert, he decided that he was going to find water if he digs for it. When he announced it, he was greeted with jeers and laughter. He was told one million reasons by experts why it will not be possible to find water, and even if they do, that it will be salt water. To the people, he was a fool, in fact a madman.

But Musa believed in his dream. So the next day they began to dig for water, not with any sophisticated equipment but with their hands and anything they could find around in the desert. Day after day, under the sun they kept on digging. And for six months nothing happened.

Then one day the sand became damp and with a little more digging they saw water. Not just water but fresh water. They did not jubilate but where in tears. Their persistence has paid off. One of them had this to say, “Now I can die, I’ve seen water come from the desert.”

According to Orison Swett Marden “Confidence is the father of achievement. It reinforces ability, doubles energy, buttresses mental faculties, increases power.”

What more can I say. It’s my prayer that God gives you the strength to persist till you achieve your dreams.

If you believe in this prayer, click share and write Amen.

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