Moving From Impossible To Possible
I came across this powerful true story and wanted to share it with you...
George Danzig was a grad student in mathematics at a time when jobs were very, very difficult to get in the United States.
His math professor, who was the head of the mathematics department, said to the grad students that whoever got the best grade on the final had the opportunity to be hired as his research assistant for the next year.
That job was a plum job. Everybody wanted it. George said that he studied so hard for that test that he was up until the middle of the night and overslept and was actually late to the test.
But he got there in time to take the test. He was handed the test and went to the back of the room. As he was answering the eight math question, he realized he got through the math questions fairly easily. Then he looked on the blackboard and saw that there were two problems on the board. He copied them down and he began to work on those two problems but he couldn't solve them.
He began to think, "somebody in the room is going to solve these problems" and wondered "What's wrong with me?" He kept working and working and working on the problems. He couldn't get them solved and by the end of the time that was allowed, he noticed some of the students asked for additional time to work.
The professor said they could take the test home and bring it back by Friday. So George too asked for more time and the professor told him to bring the test back by Friday.
This was a Monday night and he went home and sat up all night trying to solve the problems. He spent all day Tuesday and Tuesday night, all day Wednesday and Wednesday night.
He just kept thinking "Somebody is going to get these solved. Why not me? Why not me?" Finally by Thursday morning he had one of them solved. Then he kept working, working, working late into Thursday night and on Friday morning he solved the second one.
He took the test back and got it turned in by the 11am deadline. He went home wondering what would happen. Early Sunday morning there was a knock at his door.
He jumped out of bed. It was his professor. His professor said "George, you've made mathematical history! I was thinking on the way over here, you were late to the test right?"
George said 'Well yeah" wondering what else he did wrong.
The professor said, "It's just that the eight questions were the test. I told everybody who was gathered before the test started that I've had such a great time teaching all of you. And said that, If you want to have fun for the rest of your life, these two questions are the two unsolved math questions that even Einstein himself went to his grave unable to solve. How did you do this George?"
George later recounted that if he had heard ahead of time that no one had been able to solve those problems, his way of defining his relationship to that problem would have been so different that he would not have made himself available to the access the solution that was within him. That same access is within every one of us.
Now I don't know what it is that you are facing. But I know this about you. That you are in the very art of becoming (for you are, a son or daughter of the Infinite) to be everything you want to be, to give everything you want to give…to build your dream life.
Know that there is always a solution available for any problem you may be facing.
Your job is to stay open to that possibility…
Believing In You!
Erika Fay, LMFT
Certified Transformational Life Coach
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