I Think I Can

I Think I Can


by Don Ingwerson

Remember the story of the little engine that climbed the mountain saying I think I can?

In case you’ve forgotten, a large long train asked for other big, strong engines to pull it over the mountain and one after another the big engines refused. In desperation, the long train asked the little engine used for switching cars to pull it up the grade and down the other side. The little train said, “I think I can and as it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, “I—think—I—can, I—think—I—can.” It reached the top by drawing on bravery and perseverance, and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, “I thought I could, I thought I could.”

I’m always amazed at how people reflect their unlimited ability. The following link shows how one 7-year-old girl in our area saw a need and is doing something about it. There is no doubt that she cares and that she is making a difference. Read the article and see if it doesn’t inspire you: “Second-Grader Raises $400 Toward Handicapped Playground Equipment Via Bake Sales