Writer Shel Silverstein wrote this poem in his children’s book, “Where the Sidewalk Ends”:

Listen to the mustn’ts, child.

Listen to the don’ts.

Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts.

Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…

Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.

It reminds me of the choice we have about who to listen to.

There will be those who will be happy to remind you of the limitations of life.

They will tell you that this is as good as it gets, so stop dreaming and don’t aspire to anything more.

They feel trapped themselves and would prefer it if everyone else was too.

So they tell stories like the one about Icarus to remind others of the dangers of flying too close to the sun.

And there are those who will encourage and inspire you to greater things.

They may be good friends or close family members.

They may be inspiring authors, compelling speakers or a favourite songwriter.

And if you don’t have anyone like that in your life at the moment, then I trust that I can be that person to remind you, “Anything can happen, child.  Anything can be!”

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