Midweek Musings-17

Mid Week Musings

The story is told of a young woman who had taken ballet lessons all through her childhood and who now felt ready to make a career of it. So, when a leading ballet company came to town, she went to meet the ballet master.

“I want to be a ballerina,” she said, “but I don’t know if I have the talent.”

The master asked her to dance, & after only a minute or so he shook his head. “No, no,” he said. “You don’t have what it takes.”

The young woman went home, heartbroken, tossed her ballet slippers in the closet & never wore them again. Many years later the ballet company visited her small town again. She attended the ballet, & on the way out, ran into the old master, now in his eighties.

She reminded him that they had met before, and they made small talk. She then said, “There’s just one thing that’s always bothered me. How could you tell me so quickly that I didn’t have what it takes?”

“Oh, I barely looked at you when you danced,” he said. “That’s what I tell everyone who comes to me.”

“But that’s unforgivable,” the woman exclaimed. “You ruined my life! Maybe I could have been a great prima ballerina!”

“No, I don’t think so,” said the old master. “If you had had what it takes, you wouldn’t have paid any attention to what I said.”

The ballet master’s words give us food for thought. — It is easy to succumb to the voices that tell us that we don’t have what it takes. But those who overcome, achieve and win are those who choose instead to listen to the deeper, affirming voice within them that tells them to press on, keep moving forward and not quit.

As the poet Edgar Guest so eloquently put it…

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

But he with a chuckle replied

That “Maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing, as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, & he did it.


Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it”

But he took off his coat & he took off his hat,

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin & a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or ‘quit it’,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, & he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done.

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat & go to it;

Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing

That “cannot be done,” & you’ll do it.


Have a great week!

Team Anahat.