M is for Monuments

By | April 15, 2012
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Bronze Statue of Dr. King
King Memorial Gardens
Raleigh, N.C. USA
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Constitution Gardens at Constitution Ave. & 23rd St. NW

Monuments. There are so many great ones. Some make us reflect on great historical figures, and others on moments in our history that have changed the course of our history.

These great monuments build respectful reminders so that we will never forget how we forged or way forward through a tumultuous past to the perilous place where we now stand, socially, economically, politically – humanely.

But I wanted to talk about another kind of monument. The kind we build up in our own mind. Monuments to why we have not accomplished what we should have; or tried to achieve even one goal we desire for our lives. Monuments of excuses. My daughters primary school repeated this quote from an unknown author every day:

Excuses are tools of incompetence that build monuments of nothingness and those who specialize in their use rarely accomplish anything. I will not make excuses. I can do anything I put my mind to. No matter what other people say I cannot do, I know I CAN. I think positive and not negative. I will never say I can’t. I CAN IF I TRY!

If we can begin to tear away at some the monuments we have built, we may find there are greater things we have yet to build.

So, I encourage you today – start building something new. What could you do if you had all the tools to achieve your dream?

Note: This is an entry in the A to Z Writing Challenge. Please tweet it for me so others can read it! Just use the box below! Thanks, in advance.


4 thoughts on “M is for Monuments

  1. Jarm Del Boccio

    So good and so true, Elizabeth! How much time has been wasted with excuses?? Just go out and do it. Great post…I will attempt to tweet it…

  2. trishden

    How clever is that A to Z writing challenge. Sounds great and yes I think we are all guilty of making excuses. I like what they teach your daughter in school, just wish I had the same lessons.


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