Choo choo

This book has helped me over quite a few mountains

“I think I can

I think I can

I think I can

I think I can”

This is the phrase I remember over and over again. I feel so fortunate that this book was read to me (or read by me as I learned how to read) when I was a child. Because every time I was challenged by something difficult, I could remember that little blue engine and say to myself, “I think I can. I think I CAN.”

I imagine learning how to tie shoelaces. Now that was HARD! Two strings, loops, over/under/around and VIOLA! WHAT???$!!!#. If velcro had existed back then I’d probably still be using it on my shoes. Mostly because I’m lazy, but also for safety. I’m the one always in a rush out the door with shoelaces flapping around and threatening to trip me up. People seem to enjoy pointing them out to me. “Um… your shoelaces are…”

Yes. I know.

Anyway, what I’m getting at is that with anything difficult, my first impulse is to whine. “Oh it’s too hard!” How many times have I heard that echoing in my head as I push on anyway — whether learning how to use a rotary cutter, threading my sewing machine or taking those first freemotion quilting stitches. It’s all hard, it’s scary, it’s a confrontation at the most basic level. This is hard and I can’t do it.

Ah, but you can. There’s always been a little blue engine in the back of your mind, encouraging you to climb that mountain and bring the toys to the children that live on the other side. You can do it. Yes, you CAN!


Sharon Casey has challenged herself to write 100 blog posts in 100 days. She invites you to follow along. http://www.sharoncaseyquilts.com

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