Friday, February 28, 2014

Day 59, February 28

"Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
(Unfortunately I don't have the attribution for this quote.)

For many years I dreamed of writing and selling a book.  Eventually I did.  But it didn't come without doing the work involved.  I started by writing short stories and articles.  That was the "necessary" part.  Then I wrote one page of a book.  And then another and another.  That was possible.  Finally I had a complete manuscript.  That book never sold.  Nor should it.  It was, quite frankly, terrible.  But I had done the impossible.  I had written a book.

Years passed before I sold that first book, another impossibilty.  And more years passed before I sold the second.  But the "necessary" steps had evolved into the "possible," which finally resulted in to the "impossible."

Joy for today:  doing the impossible.


  1. You know, it's a thrill to be doing the impossible. I don't mean that it's always fun or glamorous. Hardly. But it's a great feeling to know that even when things seems to kick you down, you're still standing up on the inside, as Joel Osteen says.

  2. What a sense of accomplishment ultimately doing the impossible feels like. For me, it felt impossible that I would ever pass the CPA exam. But I did what was necessary by studying and foregoing other things. And I did that again and again and again.