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Achieving the Impossible?
By Pamela Heywood

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face ... You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Years back, I entered a flower arranging contest and won a First Prize. It was the only contest I ever entered, so I can still boast a 100% success rate at this art!

But it is fair to mention that my previous horticultural successes can be summed up by admitting that I have even been known to kill artificial plants! :-)

I live in Canary Islands, but came from England. Whether from an overdose of Wordsworth at an early age or the profusion of them in Britain's municipal parks, one thing I love is "A host of golden daffodils" in springtime.

It seems like anything and everything will grow here, especially in this fertile valley, but daffodils do "NOT" grow in a sub-tropical climate, because, I read after the first lot I tried a couple of years back didn't come up, daffodils have to have over winter frost apparently.

Still, I've never really accepted that I "couldn't" grow anything. After all, I can cultivate 7 foot weeds OK!

Well, I did it. I achieved the impossible!

In April, one of the bulbs I planted back in early Feb, that I'd been keeping in the house, COLD, burst forth into bloom. A perfect, miniature, golden daffodil!

It was quickly followed by about a dozen of its cousins and they flowered for weeks and weeks. As silly as this seems, it gave me a real sense of achievement. So, if life's getting you down or getting your business going seems impossible, here's just some small things you could do:

* Go and do something just for the heck of it

A simple pleasure: something you'll enjoy, something that can give you a sense of some achievement that will spur you on to greater things, by reminding you that you "can do it".

* If at first you don't succeed, find out why & try again

I could have given up when the first daffodils failed or when I read about the frost. And what would have happened? I'd have totally missed out on the child-like exhilaration I felt when I first saw MY perfect little flower.

"And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils."

* Realize that the impossible takes a little longer

... but it's well WORTH the wait!

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Copyright 2003 Pamela Heywood

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