The little engine was at the bottom of a mountain; looked ahead, and was about to turn around because the mountain seemed to be too difficult to climb.
But then came the words “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can” and it slowly began its climb up the mountain to the summit.
Eventually, the little engine was at the top. Remember the children’s story about The Little Engine That Could we read or heard as children?
It’s not easy to … take one step, then another, and then another … begin to climb the mountains in our life … overcome the obstacles (of fear, lack of self-confidence, negativity) along the way … think possibilities (“I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”) … and get to the top where peace, solace, healing, joy can be found.
It’s not easy … to take one step, then another and then another … begin to climb the mountains in our global lives … overcome the obstacles of (lies, greed, political corruption) along the way … think possibilities (“I think we can. I think we can. I think we can.”) … and get to the top where justice, equality, hope, peace can be found.
The little engine and Serenity my cat, are wonderful reminders of the power and importance of the “I think I can” mantra.
Serenity wanted to climb her new-to-her Cat Scratching Tree, but because of recent surgery, she wasn’t quite certain how to do that. Slowly but surely, she made her way up her mountain. She began the climb … overcame her obstacles … and got to the top where a view of the garden, personal satisfaction and peace were found.
May the images of the little engine and Serenity envelope us in “I think I can” thinking – for ourselves … for our countries … for one another.
May we not be daunted by the mountains ahead of us, personally or politically.
May we not allow obstacles to block us.
May we get to the top of our seemingly impossible-to-climb mountains and like Serenity, experience a sense of peace that passes understanding.
© June Maffin
“I think I can. I think I can.“
“I did it!”