I love positive quotes as much as I love history. I am sure you have probably heard of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis was a Catholic friar and the founder of the Franciscan Order, born at Assisi, in Umbria in 1181 or 1182. According to the Catholic Church, the exact year is uncertain; but died there, October, 3, 1226.
Among Francis’ accomplishments, one of the most difficult for people to understand was his giving up a life of luxury to live a life of poverty and minister to others. Now I am not saying we all need to do this, it was definitely a calling on Francis’ life. I love this quote for several reasons.
First, if we take the first line and try to understand it in its simplest form–start by doing what is necessary! Oftentimes we might find ourselves in a situation of not knowing what next steps to take. This is a great road-map for us. Do what is necessary. In the world of personal and professional coaching, the topic of toleration’s comes up quite a bit. What are you tolerating, right now? Pick 2-3 things that you can address. Things that will make your life a little better, but maybe won’t cost you thousands of dollars, like maybe making the trash can more convenient, tightening up screws on your door so the door shuts more effectively, or getting rid of old clothes that are taking up space in your closet–donate them to your local homeless shelter or non-profit thrift store!
Second, do what is possible! If we make lists and pick 3-4 things a day we can accomplish, we begin to experience a great sense of accomplishment. This accomplishment gives us the confidence to tackle the more complex or multi-faceted problems of the day. It is also important to identify the steps and map out a timeline so you can experience small successes along the way.
Before you know it you are checking things off the list, being inspired and freed up to tackle the more complex and before you know it you are accomplishing what you once perceived as the impossible. Thus, we tackle the necessary, then the possible and then we begin to accomplish more and can see the fruits of our labors in the start and completion of tasks!