Cleaning the kitchen with my kids last night. One of my teenagers puts on music. He ALWAYS puts on his music. And let's just say that I'm not a fan of most of his music.
The slow songs are ok. And some of them are also really beautiful. I can deal with those.
But when it comes to the boom, boom, boom ones....
My brain and my nervous system don't get along with those.
So along came one of the boom, boom, boom ones and I said "SKIP". And he said, "Wait, Mommy. You're really going to like this one. You're really going to like the words."
So reluctantly I agreed. I don't like to be the Wicked Witch of the West all the time. Especially when my kids are doing SO much to clean the house for Pesach. Let me just pause for a minute and give them a big, well-deserved #shoutout "My kids are the Dream Team!!!"
So back to the music. The words came on - and I didn't hear them at first because the boom, boom, boom was crowding out the Hebrew lyrics, which are harder for me to capture than in English. So my son told me:
אין אדם שלא יכול. יש אדם שלא רוצה
"There is no one who can't; there is only the one who doesn't want."
I love the message! And I am EXCITED that my son KNOWS that I love the message. I started singing loudly and having a great time.
And that's the truth in life. If we really want something badly enough, we can do it. We might not be able to do it today - not with "this" education, and "these skills" and "this support network" but we can be unstoppable if we believe more in ourselves.
We all know people or stories of people who overcame great odds to get ahead in life and make something of themselves.
Oprah Winfrey is a multi-billionaire today. But she was born into poverty and was molested as a child and teenager. She gave birth at 14 and the baby died in infancy.
Helen Keller became a world-famous speaker and author after becoming being deaf and blind due to an illness when she was a toddler.
And that's the message I also got from the Israeli Spacecraft that crash-landed on the surface of the moon last week. Israel wanted to get that rocket to the moon. And there was (almost) no money to do (if you call $100 million no money - but relative to NASA it's a drop in the bucket). So they found the lowest cost and most energy efficient and slowest way to get there. It took 2 months instead of a few days. I know it's heartbreaking that the spacecraft crash-landed. I can't imagine what was going through their hearts and minds. And how many tears were shed. But really, they 99% did it. And that's way more than a lot of people ever achieve in life.
Those are three stories. We could spend the day writing up many more.
But it's not necessary. That takes you away from doing the work that you need to do to become the person you want to be. You have to tread the path that was meant only for you.
And you need to find yourself the right support team. Because no man or woman is an island.
Jim Rohn says that you are the average of the five people that you surround yourself with. Others say it's even more than that. The fact remains that if you want to change - you want to learn to sing, you want to get out of debt and build wealth, you want to drive a car, lose weight, learn to paint, start a thriving, beautiful business, and you want to do it badly enough, you will find the resources and surround yourself with the people who are your biggest cheerleaders and who will help support you on your path.
אין אדם שלא יכול. יש אדם שלא רוצה."
There is no one who can't; there is only the one who doesn't want.
Do you want what you want badly enough?
What's holding you back?
Republished with permission from Debbie Sassen's Facebook Timeline.