Friday, 4 September 2009

It Couldn't Be Done - a week to forget !

Do you ever have one of those weeks you'd prefer to forget? I spent last weekend preparing and packing for a move to our new apartment on Monday and Tuesday. My boss from Kuala Lumpur arrived on Tuesday morning. I felt so guilty because I should have been helping Naila move my 700 plus books and papers that would be a great foundation for a new museum. Meetings with VIPS for three days, dinners, the usual inquisition you go through when bosses come on inspections. Then to top it off, a major earthquake late Wednesday afternoon and a relief operation. Interviews with CNN, BBC, Al Jezeera, and NZ and Australian media for two days. Tomorrow I leave for a week to the island of Nias which was badly affected by the Tsunami and a later earthquake. We have large water sanitation programme there and a big team that I need to visit. So I have Saturday and half of Sunday to unpack boxes and get our new apartment in shape. And guess, what have I been saying to myself all week ?

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, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and 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 it in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "couldn’t be done," and you’ll do it.

from Collected Verse of Edgar Guest
NY:Buccaneer Books, 1976, pg. 285


Marja said...

Take care. You've got a lot on your mind. In holland we say put your mind on zero and your view on endless. When I look back on some times I don't know how I did it like the emigration e.o. stuff but you just do it and I have felt my guardian angels did a lot of the work.

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Yeh, I just watched Australia beat SA at rugby and that was relaxing. Yes, i think we have guardian Angels, you bet !


Donald said...

Well quoted verse Bob, and a great reminder to never forget what can be achieved with patience and a sense of humour.

It got me thinking how sometimes we've all climbed mountains by breaking up the task into as little as the next 10 steps plugged, taking a breather, and then another 10...

Keep up the good work too :)



Unknown said...

Kia kaha Bob

great verse!

Ruahines said...

Kia ora Bob,
As Jamie wrote, Kia kaha! I also agree with Donald, sometimes looking up that long ridge you wonder how you will ever get there, just start plugging away, and suddenly we are there.

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Greetings from Nias Island Indonesia. I have been on the road for four days in this fascinating island.

Yes Robb, its the plugging away that wins the day. Bob


great post - i think we each have had days, weeks such as you speak about - there's that thing about baby steps - into the elevator - baby steps out of the elevator - and then....

have a wonderful day - namaste' - jenean

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Thanks Gypsy woman...well put. This week was a better one.