“If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.”

in Inspirational, Thomas A. Edison, Writers

-Thomas A. Edison

Interestingly I’ve also seen this quote as “If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves (my emphasis)” which connotes quite a different meaning.

In the first instance we’re all called to do what we are capable of.

No pressure really.

Everyone just needs to do what they can.

The emphasis is on the people not the doing.

In the latter we’re called to do all the things we are capable of.

Now the pressure’s on.

It’s not about people any more but the doing.

And not just that: it’s not good enough to do one thing and do it really well.

No.

Now you’ve got to do all the things you’re capable of doing which first, depending on how vivid your imagination is, can be a whole lot of stuff and second, is impossible anyway since everyone’s time & resources are limited, to astound yourself (and by implication, astound anyone else).

Funny what switching one word can do.

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