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Ask Cyndi: Capable, Certain, and Simple….

How often do we hold ourselves back from doing something because we are convinced we do not have what it takes to get the job done?  What would our lives be like if we knew, really knew, that we are capable of just about anything as long as we decide, with certainty, that we are.

How often have others told us that we can not achieve our dreams – and how often have we believed them?  What would our lives be like if we were surrounded by people who continually reminded us that we can, that we are capable, that in fact with the right tools and knowledge that what we are aiming for is simple?

What would life be like if we really knew the truth behind the statement “If you can dream it you can achieve it?”.

I recently had an experience that may appear simple on the surface but had such a profound effect on my view of myself in the world that I want to share it with you…

My bathroom faucet was leaking.  There was a slow steady drip and it was slowly interrupting my peace.  The money was not budgeted for a plumber and my plumbing skills were nil but after several weeks (or was it months?) I decided I had to do something and turning to the “expert” my children go to when they want to learn something new I searched youtube for a how to video on fixing faucets.

and found one that made it look easy.

They never mentioned that not all faucets are created the same.

So armed with a wrench and my new found knowledge I turned the water off  to the sink and went to work.  And within moments I not only had the faucet apart but I knocked a pipe loose under the sink and somehow couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to reattach it.


The taken apart faucet looked nothing like the one in the video – and there was no obvious way to fix it.

I could hear the negative self talk begin in my head – the voices from years past telling me not to touch that which I didn’t understand – to leave it to the experts.  The voices that hollered “Now see what you had done”.  The voices that keep all of us from trying something new for fear that we would make things worse.

Do you know those voices?

After taking a few moments to breath and assess the situation I decided with certainty that I could not fix the faucet but that I could probably do something about the pipe under the sink and with any luck I hadn’t made the leak any worse.

And with that I took off  for the local hardware store and headed to the plumbing section.  I didn’t know what I was looking for but hoped I would know it when I found it.

It was while I was staring at the pipes and fitting and washers that he came up next to me and asked how he could be of assistance.  I shared my story with him – including my certainty that I would need expert help to fix the leaky faucet.

He looked at me and calmly told me I could do it, it was simple.

I told him I had tried and couldn’t figure it out – it wasn’t like the video – even showed him the picture I took with my phone that showed how impossible it was – that perhaps I would need a whole new faucet.

and he went on to tell me that I was more than capable, that it was simple, and he went on to explain how he thought it could be done.

A third time I attempted to argue my limitations, suggesting that perhaps I needed outside help, and a third time, with confidence, he quietly told me it was simple and that I could do it.

And this time it clicked and I consciously choose to believe him.

I purchased just a few dollars worth of material (a new plastic pipe for under the sink and a couple of washers) and I headed for home.

It took only a few minutes to fix the pipe, after all I had decided all along I could do that, and with that accomplished I went back to the faucet.  And within a few minutes I discovered that it wasn’t going to work how my nameless helpful assistant at TrueValue Hardware told me it would.


He had convinced me that it was simple and that I was capable so armed with the knowing I took a closer look – and then with a smile grabbed a small flathead screwdriver, put it under the little latch I never saw before, and with just a little pressure the secret compartment opened up and there it was…

the defective washer :-)

after that it was easy and I began to sing out loud as that washer got changed, the faucet put back together and the water tuned back on.

No leak, blessed silence.

You would have thought I was a child at Christmas with a new toy turning that faucet on and off, watching the water flow and then stop completely.

I had done it and it was easy.

It was only later that evening that the more Universal meaning of the experience took hold.  The realization that what appeared beyond my reach became not only doable but easy because a wonderful stranger convinced me I could.  How close I had come to giving up and what got accomplished with ease and a little song once I decided I could.

The more I contemplate this experience the more awestruck I become.  It has filled me with the absolute knowing that I can accomplish so much more than I ever dreamed possible (crazy, right?) and it has somehow given me the permission to dream ever larger dreams.

and it has me wondering…..

What is it that you have not tackled because of a belief that it is too hard, or that you do not have what it takes?  Is it possible that my sharing this little story has given you the confidence, the certainty, that it is in fact easy and that you are more than capable?  Could I dare believe that you may even now be making plans to take those first steps to bringing your dream into reality?

Is this not a phenomenal Universe?

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2 Responses to “Ask Cyndi: Capable, Certain, and Simple….”

  1. Leila says:

    That’s a great story Cindy. Encouragement to do things we thought beyond us is so empowering – especially when they are things we really want and need to do.

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  2. Cindy – this is a great story of encouragement! Something as simple as a leaky faucet that drove you crazy enough to do something about it. Isn’t that sometimes the way it works with our dreams? The situation at hand is slowly driving you crazy and you reach a tipping point where you are brave (aggravated) enough to do something about it.

    Great job – great analogy!

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