"Whether you think you can or can’t either way you are right"
Someone attributed the above quote to Henry Ford, though I have no idea. I just liked it. I wonder how you reconcile that with some of those crazies on reality shows. The weirdos who come on American Idol and abolutely know that they are amazing singers and believe they are capable of winning, and they're so obviously not. Part of me believes that if they'd just drop their horrible self-deception and listen to what the experts are saying to them, then they could really buckle down and work on what they're doing, and maybe they'd make something of themselves. I don't know. Their faith in themmselves just seems to me like self-deception. At the same time, it seems clear that none of us could get anywhere if we didn't believe, so where's that line between self-motivating conviction and self-deceiving lunacy? I wish I knew. I keep thinking that all things are possible. I also can't help but remember to think of myself with sober judgment, not having a higher opinion of myself than I ought. It's a strange balance to find. But the more I live life and contemplate these mysteries, the more I realize that balance is needed in everything. Why does balance have to be so difficult? Why does all of life have to be like a tight-rope walk? Maybe it's not really. It just seems like it is, because I think too much.
Anyway, I don't like to hear the words, "I know I can't" from anyone, and that's why I like that quote.