“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.” – Edward Everett Hale
One of my favorite quotes is something to the effect of… “I’ve had many troubles in my life, most of which never happened.” I love the concept which implies, don’t waste time anticipating or worrying about outcomes you don’t want to happen and/or have yet to happen. But it’s easy to do isn’t it!? Even for those of us who are 99% of the time focused on the how, when and where of manifesting what we desire it’s easy to get wrapped up in fearing the worst case scenarios.
I’m doing this myself at the moment. Not on the worst case outcomes of near events that could in fact have a tremendous negative impact on my life but on something so much less significant, that I simply don’t want to happen. I lost my mini pocket/planner/sketch book. It captures the random daily download of my thoughts, ideas, creations, to-dos, sketches, anything and everything. Very personal, very creative, very, well, mine.
There are still a few places I haven’t looked but I’m so worried it’s gone I can’t seem to focus on much else. I fear I’ve lost months of irreplaceable sculpture sketching. I fear that my “amazing” ideas, sketches and back-burner projects will be stolen by the person that finds it. I fear that my personal notes, thoughts, journaling will be no longer personal. I fear that I will forget the best of what was only recorded there. I fear that I have in fact lost what I don’t want to lose.
I am rarely focused on the negative and will even search for the positive in the worst of outcomes but at the moment I’m failing woefully at this. I’m actively trying to change that by focusing on the times I’ve misplaced it and found it; Or on the time I lost it and the guy who found it called me to return it; Or on how many sketches and notes have evolved or were started altogheter elsewhere (in other sketchbooks, etc). Alas, despite all the potential positive, I’m still stuck on the worst, wishing it (both the misplacing and the worst case scenarios that may come to be if it’s not found) never happened.
So how do you NOT focus on that which “…never happened” and overcome the troubles that are only in your head?
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race” – Calvin Coolidge