Hanging Garden of My Dreams

What voice will you listen to?

Just before I was about to plant my “hanging garden” of tomatoes, I spoke with a farmer. When he heard what I wanted to do he said, “Ach! I tried that and it was a waste of time. The plants never produced any fruit. Tomatoes don’t like being hung – it stresses the plant too much.”
I was crushed. I had put my hopes into my hanging garden plan; I had already purchased the supplies to do it and my husband Steve had built the structure.

His words really affected me and I was hesitating about whether to do it. But I remembered that people said similar things to me about building a direct sales business:
– people don’t like direct sales companies
– it’s a waste of time
– I’ve tried it – it doesn’t work
…and so on.

I didn’t listen to their words about my business because I had done my research and I had a clear vision in mind. Same with my tomatoes – I had done my research and I had a clear vision in mind.

I’m glad I didn’t listen to the naysayers – in both cases.


Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.


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