“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?” This is a quote by Reverend Robert Schuller and it really is something to think about! Personally, I would say that my first response would be to write the “Great American Novel”. But this is such a great question, it requires thinking beyond one’s self to whom else might benefit from this attempt. Readers do, of course, benefit from great writing, but I think that I would like to have a bigger impact on society if I was sure that I would not fail. I would work to ensure that every child (every person, really) has a warm, loving home, more than enough food, and the knowledge of a God who loves them dearly. That’s if I only had one chance at this not failing business of which Schuller speaks.
However, I think Schuller’s point might be that we don’t know if we will fail or not, we would never know, unless we put one foot in front of the other (you know I’m a great fan of this), and give it our best shot. Our fears and anxieties of the worst that could happen often prevent us from even beginning to follow our dreams and desires.
But now, if we are going to be so bold as to try, and we are believing that we are not going to fail (let’s also say that I’ve already taken care of the issue of making sure everyone is fed and loved), what great or wonderful thing would YOU do? Would you climb mountains, swim oceans, compete in the olympics, write novels, pursue a secret dream? What WOULD you do?