05 November 2008
"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure."
I am often awed by the perseverance of the human spirit, witnessing the capability we as humans have to overcome relentless struggles and pain, and to be pyrrhic, victorious despite heavy losses.
Despite this knowing this, we are still, only human, and have tendencies to shy away from challenges and from risk. We fear failure, and what we believe might render us unable of recovery. We think, "What if we can't?" instead of, "What if we can?".
We also may pick at our flaws and weaknesses, insisting to ourselves that we will be unable to overcome our inabilities, in order to exercise our abilities.
Or we may play victim of circumstance. Blaming our childhood, our parents, our surroundings, and resources, and else of rendering us incompetent.
And yet you are not your circumstances, you are not who you were as a child, you are not your parents, you are who you choose to be. If you truly believe you are weak and a coward, you will be. If you truly believe you are strong and courageous, you will muster up the strength it takes to move past obstacles even in fear.
Do not think of things as impossible, as many things have been deemed impossible until they were tried and accomplished. How can you know what is impossible, what you are capable of, until you try?
It may be the catch phrase of an automobile company, however I have always been fond of the saying, "grab life by the horns". This is not to say, those horns may not hurt, that in life you will not experience suffering, but that you are willing to take risk in order to live your life for all it's worth.
What doesn't kill you, will make you stronger, so take obstacles and pain as opportunity to become stronger, to be victorious over suffering. Just as spring always comes triumphantly, blooming with life, despite the frozen losses and hardships of winter before it.
I must confess, I will now have to walk my own talk, so to say, as I am currently banged up with an injured my hip, my back, my leg, and in a great deal of pain, feeling quite incapable and discouraged. Writing this entry, has been a reminder to my own self, that with God I can overcome anything, but first I must be willing try, and perhaps then, try, and try again...
What is/are one/some struggles or pain you have overcome? Have you ever tried something you thought impossible and been surprised when you succeeded against odds and your own expectations? Is there something, even many things, you want to do or try in your life that you are withholding from because you believe it is impossible or that you will fail? Other thoughts?
Title Quote: George E. Woodberry
Photo Credits: Editorial "The Silent Spring" from the February 2007 Vogue Nippon issue, scanned by Gold_Star at www.thefashionspot.com