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Inch by Inch

Posted by Nikki Rosen on March 3, 2016 at 6:25 PM

"We are formed by little scraps of wisdom." Umberto Eco

I used to visit this old Jamacian man every week when I worked in the inner city. Mr. Walters didn't know it then nor did I, but he taught me something that would stay with me even until today. A powerful little phrase, Inch by inch. That's it. Just a couple of words, that remind me nothing is impossible because Inch by Inch everything's a cinch. A simple phrase, but for me, a powerful one. Inch by inch I've learned I can do anything, overcome anything, become anything.

When I used to visit him, Mr. Walters always included those words in whatever he said to me. He said them so many times, they somehow slipped inside my heart and are still there today. I can still hear his raspy Jamaican drawl whispering inside me, Inch by Inch Girl, you do can do it. Inch by Inch, you can do anything.

Packed into those simple words - Keep going. Keep moving forward. Never give up.

Inch by inch. We can do anything we want.

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Reply Nasreen
12:41 PM on December 7, 2016 
Interesting that you still remember his words of wisdom. Yes, inch by inch is the way to go forward.