How often do you find yourself saying those words.
No, I can’t do that.
I will wait to do that.
People don’t do that.
Stop! What a crazy idea! (Or Stop! This is scary! Or STOP! I just don’t know what I’m doing.)
You CAN do that. You can do so much more than you think you can.
Having my keyboard and singing reminded me of all the things I have SAID I would do, but haven’t done… That I’ve convinced myself I can’t do.
We are capable of so much. We just let our heads get in the way, over-think, and convince ourselves that we can’t. That it isn’t done. Or that we need to wait.
We always say it’s good to wait. Or “I can’t do that right now.” But maybe tomorrow. Or “No” that’s just not possible.
I have limited sheet music at my house right now, but I do have a collection of Stephen Sondheim music. Stephen Sondheim’s musical Anyone Can Whistle is too complex to sum up in a brief sentence. Let it be said, however, that the musical deals with identity, individuality, conformity, self-doubt, miracles, appearance vs. reality, and the power of letting go.
One of the main characters, Fay, can’t whistle. It’s not just whistling she can’t do. Fay is so controlled in her life that she can’t let go or laugh or even love. She dons a costume to find her own sense of freedom, love and, ultimately over three acts of the musical, Fay is able to make her first shrill whistle. It’s a horribly ugly whistle, but it’s a whistle, nonetheless.
Do you whistle in life? Or are you like Fay? Do you tell yourself you CAN’T?! Is there something that you’ve wanted to do but you are holding back from? Can you stop with the “nos” and try on a “yes” attitude? Even if you fall, as they say in the musical “it’s better than not trying at all.”
Here’s the song “Everybody says don’t” from Anything Goes. “Don’t be afraid to try!” Even musical haters should give it a listen:
We all have the power to let go, try, and “make a ripple” in life. It’s okay to laugh, to love, to go for the goal, to take a great leap of faith. It’s okay to try and fail. Just be willing to “make a noise.” Don’t give up before you’ve started. “Say try!!”
What are you afraid of? What’s holding you back? Can you start, however small, to go after your fears? To chase after your dreams? Be brave. You can start with “a ripple…next time a wave!”
Why are you waiting?
Give it a try!