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Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 | 0 comments

It’s amazing what you can do

Occasionally, I start to go thru some old papers I keep at my apartment. Recently, I started to take a look at some works I created while in high school. I found poems, homework notes and stories. However, what caught my attention was a particular essay. The teacher told us to write about our thoughts about love to practice out writing. While reading the essay, I was stunned. I could not believe I had written that essay at the age of 17. The words were so profound that I just felt goosebumps all over my skin. I don’t remember where I got the inspiration to write something like that.

Something similar happened to me once at work. One day I had to perform some tests using certain software created by my team. I had a question about the software, so I asked a colleague about the code’s author. He said that I had written it 3 years ago!!!! I told him the software was written in a programming language I didn’t know. Then, I remembered what happened. My boss told me to write this program in a computer language I wasn’t familiar with. In fact, it is not one of the languages we commonly use. I decided to go the company’s technical library and borrow a book that specializes in that language. I read the book in one day and the next day I wrote the entire software. Yes, five thousand lines of code, just by reading that book.

These stories make me realize the incredible things we can do. We can do so many great things but sometimes we don’t give ourselves credit for doing them. Moreover, we forget the great things we have done and don’t use them as a basis to accomplish more. Because if you were able to do that (something really great), something not even you or anybody else thought was possible, what’s the next thing you can achieve?

I think all of us have been surprised by the good and wonderful things we have done. We cannot even explain how we did it but one way or another we did. What we do not realize is that everyone has certain talents, qualities and skills that make us excel in certain areas (or in many areas.) There is a strength, a flame within that drives us and sets us apart from other living beings. So, the question is not if you’ve done something great in your life but how often you do it. Every day? Every week? Every month? Every year? Every 5 years? If we all have the capacity to accomplish grandiose things, why we don’t reach for those magnificent things more often?

Remember that you have achieved great things in your life. Maybe you cannot explain where you got the strength, commitment or talent to do it. Anyway it does not matter. What does matter is that that something helped you once and will help you achieve even greater things. You just have to believe and many great things will come to you.

Climbing a temple at Tikal, Guatemala. I am king of afraid of heights.

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