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I CAN....yes I can

Updated on August 21, 2011

I just had such a wonderful epiphany, that I thought I would share it with everyone.

This past week, I had been visiting a school in St. Lucia and talking to the youngsters about believing in themselves and having a dream for their life.

One of the phrases I used for them was that they are “can do” people…that when anyone tells them they can’t, in the words of Samuel Jackson, they should “knock the “t” out of can’t”. During the question and answer session, Robin, who wants to be a teacher, asked me to explain what I meant about knocking the “t” off. So I went to the Blackboard and wrote the words, “I can’t”. Then I asked her to knock off the letter “t” and she had an “aha” moment, when she realized that she was left with the words, “I can”. Another bright young man reminded me at that point, that I also needed to remove the apostrophe (so much for brilliant minds).

This made me even more aware that children are very visual people…..they learn much better if you can show it to them. I now feel confident that this group of youngsters, who had dreams of becoming a veterinarian, pediatrician (she actually said a doctor for children), teacher, female firefighter, engineer, and of entering other noble professions, would forever remember those two little words….I CAN, and would be able to make their dreams a reality.

A few days later, I heard Victoria Osteen (June 12) giving the sermon at Lakewood Church, (I believe, it may have been her first, and she talked about her fears when her husband first asked her to take over at the Offertory after the death of his father, and her anxieties before getting up in front of the congregation that morning. She quoted the bible verse Phil 4:13, that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, and talked about "God is an "I can" God, and that he wants us to be "I can" people. For me, that was not a coincidence, but confirmation that this is a message that I must continue to give to young people. Moreso, I have not seen the Joel Osteen Sunday program for several weeks now, because I have changed the time that I go to Sunday mass. However, yesterday, I decided to go the later children’s Mass as I wanted to meet up with someone. That, to me, was not a coincidence.

To continue the story, this morning I was on the patio as usual for my morning prayer and meditation. When I was done, I looked across the lawn and saw, to my great surprise, that there were 2 red plums on the plum tree. I was happily surprised for I love red plums (not the same as in the US). I rushed outside, and very gingerly found my way to the plum tree, so I could pick those plums before the birds got them. I plucked them from the tree, but they were both inedible.

I was extremely disappointed. I turned around to go back down the slight slope, and suddenly, fear seized me and I could not move. I stood there in the awkward position of one knee bent in front of the other for a minute or two. Then I looked around to see where was the easiest point to descend. It seemed like it was all the same…too far away. At that point my imagination took over, and I saw myself stuck in that awkward position until help came, and possibly getting caught in a rain shower, as the grass was still wet from an earlier shower. I called to my sister and her husband, but no-one could hear me; they probably were still asleep. Then courage slowly washed over me as I began repeating to myself softly, “yes I can”, “yes I can”. I uttered those words before taking each step back to the walkway, and sure enough I was soon there. I was sure happy to get back on ‘terra firma’, but even happier that this small incident could have taught me such a big lesson.

The plum tree on slight slope
The plum tree on slight slope | Source

So, I am ready to shout out “YES I CAN” to whoever will listen. It is a bold reminder that all of those new goals that I want to achieve, I can. I can climb any mountain and so can you. I made my descent from the mountain of FEAR, and so can you.

My hubscore is 97 and I know that I can make the perfect score…100. I also know for sure, that I can earn money as a writer, and I am not talking about SEOs and clicks.

President Barack Obama understood the power of those three little words, “yes we can” when he used then as the slogan for his election campaign. It’s a pity that he’s stopped using them now.


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    • Cathy I profile imageAUTHOR

      Cathy I 

      6 years ago from New York

      Lyns...thank you for your kind comments. We both seem to share a favourite scripture verse.

      I love your poetry, especially the one titled "To know him."When you really know him, he is all you need.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Love it, Love it, Love it, it is so wonderful to read inspirational hubs such as this one of yours, you quoted in this hub one of my favorites and there are many but this one I meditate on daily. We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us and truly he does, everything is Yes and Amen, in him, thanks so much for sharing this hub, I will definitely be reading more of yours in the the future.

    • Cathy I profile imageAUTHOR

      Cathy I 

      7 years ago from New York

      Visionandfocus.....I agree. We need to empower our young people so that they can envision a better future for themselves. Seems like too often they only hear the negatives. I think you too will love the book. Thank you.

      C-Bless.....I am thankful if I was able to bless your day. Imagine, how different the world would be if we all believed in the power of those 3 little words.

      Nell always make me smile or laugh, but I too need to constantly remind myself that I can. Blessings.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, I will bookmark this and come back everytime I feel sorry for myself! lol my motto has always been, well maybe I can but not today! thanks for an inspiring hub, cheers nell

    • C-Bless profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for sharing this positive and uplifting story. Yes, we can...

    • visionandfocus profile image


      7 years ago from North York, Canada

      There's nothing more empowering to children than the belief in their own strength. I'm so moved by your account and have voted up and beautiful and awesome, because this hub is all of those things. Will check out the 'Feel The Fear' book. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cathy I profile imageAUTHOR

      Cathy I 

      7 years ago from New York

      baygirl33...Thank you for your kind comments....they really warmed my heart. I love the book "Feel the Fear...", for it really speaks to me. I had not heard of "End the Struggle...", but I will certainly be looking for it. That's exactly what I am doing at this point in time...dancing with life.

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      7 years ago

      Cathy,Lovely hub .We need more of these! Voted you up and useful.Can't wait to read your other hubs.They look good. I was in ST.Lusia once when on a cruise loved the turquiose water patches!

      Love that you read Susan Jeffers.I have read "Feel the Fear.." I have also read "End the Struggle and Dance with life" .And I keep it at my bedside to keep me sane.

      Thanks for the follow and good luck!


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