For the past 18 years I have taught parochial, public and college level students and I have loved doing so. I have seen my way through tough times and learning moments that were stretching me to my limits, BUT I never gave up. I just couldn't give up or utter the words I can't.
So when I was listening to a podcast as I worked in my home office, I had to pause and take notice. A soft spoken gentleman was speaking about his journey through life and what caught my ear was him saying that one thing he hated being as he was growing up was poor but he knew that it was only temporary.
I had to stop what I was doing to listen intently and, then of course, search for more speeches and interviews and literature on Dr. Ben Carson. What a treasure trove it has been to read and learn more about his life journey and then it hit me! His life has reached the highest level of Maslow's hierarchy of needs that was never added to his pyramid; transcendence.
Transcendence; here is my definition of it, when what we do no longer is just about us but the world around us and doing what brings a greater self-fulfillment and contented feeling in life.
Having mulled over this for a while, it simply makes sense as to why there is no room for saying, "I can't" when what we can do is (or already is) of great value to others as well.
Don't short change yourself and all the magic you have inside. Allow yourself and your gifts to transcend even if fear is chasing you.