Having had a series of setbacks in my life this last two years, it has made me reflect a little on life’s little hassles………. those things you most want, against the things you most need. Business has been abysmal, a court case has drained resources, and a deep dark chasm has been the sole benefactor of my time.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison
Fortunes have changed and what was extremely promising moments ago, serve as being mediocre by my standards today. Not so much a failure but more a victim of circumstance, that involuntary tide that takes you sometimes where you do not wish to go.
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston Churchill
Of course there are areas that I am fortunate in, but hardly notice while the cloud is hanging right above my head, taking the limelight from the positive things. Although the saving light has been my wife, who, without having the support would have assured me a long stay in a committal institution, or worse still at Her Majesties Pleasure…………
“If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.”
― Steven Wright
Always had this idea that if your going to go for it, then shoot for the stars, work at it hard, be enthusiastic, be fair, be honest. I once said to my children, if you want to be a scientist, or if you want to be a road sweep, if its what you feel, do it!, but be the best you can be………
It now occurs to me that absolute enthusiasm for a project is not always the most prudent thing. To hedge your bets has its merits, creating a soft landing rather than an abrupt halt, is always preferable.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
― Robert F. Kennedy
Enthusiastic is the only way I know to be. If I like something, I really like it. So it follows that I should put in everything I have, but somehow never learn that prudence should take precedent.
Now at 59 yrs old, its finally sunk in, that time is not immortal, and I dont have an infinite option in the world. No longer am I super charged with cryptonite, and can take on the world.
On the other hand, I wake up with enthusiasm, look forward to each day, am revitalized from end of day negative thoughts from yesterday. I look for a new option, an alternative goal, a positive optimism of whats gone before and assure myself with effort the current issues are just that as a toothache that pains today, with a hard time remembering what that ache felt like a week later.
Henry Ford once said:“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
― Henry Ford
I would say that the only real mistake, is the one that stops you trying even harder. ….