I have a magnet on the side of my fridge that I purchased so long ago, I am not even sure how or when I got it. It is so old that what used to be a crisp white is now a dingy yellow. It is so old that I can’t even remember where I bought it. All I remember is, when I got it, I was with a friend who I really love but no longer speak to. I miss her. Here’s the quote:
“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” –Thomas Edison
This quote seems fitting today, as I have just wrapped up a crazy stressful project at work. In the last few days, I’ve been working around the clock to get this thing finalized, and to be honest, I am completely exhausted, drained, and ready to crash. I have done a ton of creative (corporate) writing and think the final product is pretty good. I did, to a certain degree, astound myself in getting this proposal done. But, I miss writing my blog and haven’t had the energy to put together a brilliant post…until now…I hope.
These words have always inspired me. They have also subconciously stressed me out for many years as the magnet has sat, yellowing on my fridge. I KNOW I am capable of doing many things, and I WANT to be astounded by the things I do – I just don’t know how to get there. Edison was clearly speaking from experience (oh, hey there lightbulb, way to be invented) but I like to think that this was advice he was giving to the general population – you know, all those normal people who don’t invent life-changing technologies.
While I don’t remember when I acquired this magnet, I would venture to guess that I was a young and idealistic teenager at the time. If I were to see that magnet today, I would probably roll my eyes and move on – somehow doing ALL the things we are capable of seems like A LOT of work as a grown up. (If I can call myself that…still not sure I can.) I suppose this blog is my attempt to astound myself. I don’t know where it will take me but I hope I will be surprised.
Bottom line – I am getting tired of putting all my energy into a job that I do not love and I know that if I were to put all that energy somewhere else…well, I would be astounded! I decided to do a quick search of Edison quotes to see if there might be some other wise words I can take from the guy. Here’s what popped up first:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
What a great quote. It makes me so glad that I decided to blog today even though I feel brain dead. This probably isn’t the brilliant post I hoped for, but I am trying! Edison would be proud. Or he’d probably just invent some new way to make me famous on the Internet.