GRASS (Read time 0:41) The awesome wife and I like to walk. One day we came across a section of the sidewalk that was broken. What broke the cement you ask? Grass! Growing right out of center of the sidewalk! How does a skinny little blade of grass break through the physics of solid cement? I think we learned this in the 10th grade but I must have ditched school that day. Awesome wife, being the awesome nurse that she is, confidently proclaimed that grass must have sunlight to survive. Therefore, somewhere hidden deep in the quantum cellular DNA of grass, there are a billion little grass cells that don’t know they can’t break through cement. All they know is they must have sunlight or die. In fact, if you ask the grass it would say, “what cement?” With great commitment, intention, determination, passion and bust-ass work, a little puny blade of grass develops a "samurai" attitude and breaks through all the rules, realities and proven scientific physics of cement, and ultimately reaches its impossible dream, The Golden Sun! So if a puny little blade of grass can break through impossible barriers, what big cement barrier is in the way of your impossible dream—that your commitment, intention, passion and bust-ass work, can’t possibly break through?
J Michael Dolan

GRASS (Read time 0:41)

The awesome wife and I like to walk. One day we came across a section of the sidewalk that was broken. What broke the cement you ask? Grass! Growing right out of center of the sidewalk! How does a skinny little blade of grass break through the physics of solid cement? I think we learned this in the 10th grade but I must have ditched school that day. Awesome wife, being the awesome nurse that she is, confidently proclaimed that grass must have sunlight to survive. Therefore, somewhere hidden deep in the quantum cellular DNA of grass, there are a billion little grass cells that don’t know they can’t break through cement. All they know is they must have sunlight or die. In fact, if you ask the grass it would say, “what cement?” With great commitment, intention, determination, passion and bust-ass work, a little puny blade of grass develops a "samurai" attitude and breaks through all the rules, realities and proven scientific physics of cement, and ultimately reaches its impossible dream, The Golden Sun!

So if a puny little blade of grass can break through impossible barriers, what big cement barrier is in the way of your impossible dream—that your commitment, intention, passion and bust-ass work, can’t possibly break through?

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Posted By Teena
grass
Thank you so much for this encouraging thought....I do know that it took time for the grass/dream/goals to break through! Patience I guess not procratination is what I need..


Posted By dani
thanks got "Grass"
ur posts r always useful, but this is the post of the year


Posted By mike
comment
thank you for that... have you ever read 'the Ambitious Violet' by Kahlil Gibran... it's short and pretty cool story. thanks!


Posted By Natasha bouchard
Dream or die
a beautiful analogy, inspiring as always, merci


Posted By cl
and... weeds
Oh... I forgot to mention... I guess I'm the weed growing up in the middle of that grass..........


Posted By cl
grass & exa-philosophy
What doesn't kill ya, makes you stronger... yeah.... I guess What kills my soul is copyrighted material. Yeah.. I agree artists should be paid for their efforts.. but damn... for 99 years??? And I know, not every copyrighted song makes millions... but the BMI/ASCAP goons charging the bar (and the bar owner stopping the live music)really isn't helping. IN FACT, BMI/ASCAP should be paying us for playing that music (maybe someone might get interested and buy it from the original artist).. (I loved it when the TODAY show wouldn't let some gal sing "Happy Birthday" to Al Roker... yeah... they would have had to pay BMI for the impromptu rendition. So.... I guess my "cement" is the "suits" (and stupidity in general)


Posted By JoAnn Braheny
Grass
Lovely example, Michael. My mom used to point out flowers that had worked their way through the pavement too. Determination! Drive! Spunk! Persistence! Thanks to you and your sweet Nancy, for the reminder(s).


Posted By Tom Patterson
always enjoy
Michael - I always enjoy your uplifting blogs - thank you so much for helping me the last few months with my writing. After testing the water for over a month I finally just jumped in last week - thanks to you and your positive speak, I've finally started that blog! redwoodink.wordpress - it's only a start and I always welcome your feedback!


Posted By mark
Grass
Your wife is pretty smart there lad. I think we put roadblocks in the way of everything and think like everyone else. We think of why something won't work, and ultimately don't take action.The grass doesn't think about why something won't work. And like Tony Robbins says," You need to take massive action now". Regardless of the outcome. Thanks for the great new post Mike. Mark in a little place in Canada


Posted By Don Gibson
drive
I look forward to receiving your messages. I started a business this year and have experienced rough going. I have to remember to keep going no matter what. You keep reminding to do that.


Posted By kenny Kay
grass
Nice metaphor- it's amazing how many people attempted at explaining the science rather than just get the point regardless of their accuracy :). Reminds me of people that got upset at Randy Newman's "Short People" song once upon a time! Al this talk of grass is it 4:20 yet?


Posted By Carmen Grillo
Will
I think the underlying thought here is if there is a will there is a way.


Posted By Rachel
To be grass..or not to be...
I'd rather be bendable grass, then structured, hard cement! Thanks Michael!


Posted By Lyndah
Grass
Great analogy. Loved it! Thanks for the reminders they are appreciated.


Posted By Tracy Newman
Grass vs cement
It's nice to wake up to a short motivational story. The roots of the tree in front of my house are growing into everything with no regard. They're invading the flowerbeds, breaking up the sidewalk, and kind of brutally taking over the yard. Somehow, we get where we need to go.


Posted By Randy
Grass
I enjoyed your thoughts that many I seem to big to overcome and who knows what powers can assist us unless we ask that otherwise couldn't do on our own


Posted By Ragini
excellent!
A beautiful rendering of a lovely metaphor - always helpful to me to remember the way I use my mind is the key. Thanks for your lovely blogs.


Posted By Steely James
www.steelyjames.com
Congress is my cement slab... But I'm working on it. I've been invited to play the First Amendment Centers' annual concert, and I've also been invited to play Occufest 2012 put on by Occupy Indianapolis. learn more at www.steelyjames.com


Posted By Queen Sheba
Damnit!
^These Typing from my damn phone. Ugh. *slaps forhead*


Posted By Rami
Science
The message is clear: what ever the science is that provokes crab grass to push through impossible barriars is the same science and provokes humans to do the same thing.


Posted By Queen Sheba
Perfect
Thise idiots below that are challenging your motivational story are being assholes-On purpose. OF COURSE the damn cement broke first! Either way the grass found a way through! Great story. Just what I needed, today. To recognize the small window of opportunity and wedge my foot in the elevator door OR bust my way through! I enjoy it-Weekly.


Posted By Paul Ellingsen
Are you being silly on purpose
Are you really serious? Didn't it occur to you that the concrete cracked from other stresses and the grass just took the oppertunity for a place to grow or are you just being silly on purpose?


Posted By John Boylan
Grass
Nice piece, but my guess is that the science is more complicated than that. The grass did not break through the concrete per se, but various root systems, including the grass and perhaps a nearby tree and other vegetation, along with subterranean water can combine to cause an upheaval in the soil, and that broke through the concrete. After the concrete has broken, grass can then grow up through the cracks.


Posted By Rami
Grass
What were you smoking when you wrote this one Michael? You went "one toke over the line."


Posted By Edgar
Grass
(Oh, THAT kind of grass.) How many times have I seen this, yet never "got" the metaphor! What a great reminder to persist, to break the barriers, to "go towards the light." LOVE it!

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• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)