When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

Can’t Never Could!

If you believe you can’t, you won’t.  Believe you will, and you will succeed.

Encouraging you not to believe the word "can't" on near a river.
Encouragement to not believe the word “can’t” on Near a River. Notice the odometer shows that Simba is really driving the car!

Have you ever seen a dog drive a car?  I have.  My dog Simba has driven my 2007 Santa Fe as the picture above shows. Check out the speedometer in the picture and you will see it indicates the car is moving at 30 miles per hour.

Simba can do this because he does not understand the meaning of the word “can’t”.  His favorite word is “can”, as in “I can get a treat any time I want one, I can hide under the bed and not be seen, I can drive Mommy’s car, and I can get some of the steak on the dinner table if I dance on my hind legs and look super cute…”

Like Simba, I do not understand the word “can’t”.  When someone tells me I am not capable of doing or can’t do something, I find a way to do it.

Which words do you understand, the words “can” and “will” or the words “can’t” and “you are not capable”?

If the words “can’t” and “you are not capable” are in your vocabulary, you do not aspire to lofty goals.  You do not believe you can succeed and overcome life’s challenges.  And you often fail at basic things.

But if you understand the words “can” and “will”, you do aspire to reach high goals.  Additionally, you do make your dreams come true and you do overcome life’s challenges.  And you do succeed in life!

If you happen to believe the words “can’t” and “you are not capable” and want to change your life, you can.  All you have to do is change your thoughts because your thoughts determine your beliefs and actions.

Soar like an eagle over life’s storms.  Believe like Simba that you can and you will succeed!

You might also enjoy the encouraging words in these Near a River posts:

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If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s  Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!


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"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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