A small word with big consequences
Can't is the worst word that's written or spoken;
Doing more harm here than slander and lies;
On it is many a strong spirit broken,
And with it many a good purpose dies.
It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each morning
And robs us of courage we need through the day:
It rings in our ears like a timely-sent warning
And laughs when we falter and fall by the way.
Can't is the father of feeble endeavor,
The parent of terror and half-hearted work;
It weakens the efforts of artisans clever,
And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.
It poisons the soul of the man with a vision,
It stifles in infancy many a plan;
It greets honest toiling with open derision
And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a man.
Can't is a word none should speak without blushing;
To utter it should be a symbol of shame;
Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;
It blights a man's purpose and shortens his aim.
Despise it with all of your hatred of error;
Refuse it the lodgement it seeks in your brain;
Arm against it as a creature of terror,
And all that you dream of you some day shall gain.
Can't is the word that is foe to ambition,
An enemy ambushed to shatter your will;
Its prey is forever the man with a mission
And bows but to courage and patience and skill.
Hate it, with hatred that's deep and undying,
For once it is welcomed 'twill break any man;
Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying
And answer this demon by saying: "I can."
~ Edgar Guest
Believe you can and you’re halfway there - Theodore Roosevelt
You must do the things you cannot do - Eleanor Roosevelt
We can change our lives. We can do, have and be exactly what we wish -Tony Robbins
You can never cross the ocean until you have courage to lose sight of the shore - Christopher
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve - Napoleon Hill
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I agree with Merle and her Mother,not in my Dictionary.
Excellent article Maria. Can't is such an ugly word that has destroyed many lives. Love the positive quotes as well. Thanks for sharing. Liked and Shared.
My mother always used to say to me when I was little that there was no such word as can't and that it is not in the dictionary !! I believe that now. Thanks for sharing.
Great post, Maria and I love the oh so positive quotes. Can't is a word that should never be uttered befoe thinking. Thanks for sharing, my friend.
Awesome post Maria. Happy to share this for you. I agree that it's a small word with big consequences when it's overused.