Of Mice And Men

In my last blog, I made mention of changing my perspective on failure.  To be quite frank, I didn’t have a choice!

In May, things looked different for me.  I had just finished a project with one of my favourite charities.  If things went as planned, my book would be released in the fall.  I had some challenges, but things were looking bright.  Then, somebody moved my ball!  With my unplanned illness, I was faced with several facts:  1.  programs that I was hoping to implement would have to be postponed, and  2.  my book would have to be pushed back~again.  Of Mice and Men…

The programs were not a big deal.  I didn’t start major advertising for it anyways.  But my book…THAT was my baby!  I started my book 2-1/2 years ago.  It was a spontaneous creation, taking about 6 weeks to create.  I have since tweaked and rewritten parts of it to be more in line with who I am today.  From March until my illness, I had contacted agencies that I wanted to be involved with.  I had created a sponsorship drive, so there were businesses that I had been in negotiations with.  I had picked out the location for the book launch, chosen my photographer…And I had to let all these people know that the project was on hold.

My associates were very understanding.  My heart, unfortunately, wasn’t so forgiving.  Will anything ever go my way?  Will I ever catch a break?  were the cries of my heart.  I was grateful to be alive, yet very disappointed by this apparent “failure”.  I believe that this reason was why I couldn’t wrap my head around my business.

When I was able to, I got into my “quote pile”.  I collect quotes that I see on billboards and the like, and I delve into it when I need a lift.  One of my own quotes is “Don’t let your current circumstances interfere with your vision for the future”.  Did the fact that I got sick mean that my book would never be released?  Not at all.  I kept digging in my pile.  Robert Schuller wrote, “Failure is never final”.  H’mm, “there is hope”, I think.  My hands invariable find Mr. Hill’s words.  Napoleon Hill has helped me through many a tight spot, and today was no exception.  Here are the ones that spurned me on:

~  Eddison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light.  Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.

~  No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.

~  Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure.

~  Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.

~  Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.

Ironically, it was the following quotes that helped me change how I looked at failure:

~  When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound.  Rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal; and

~  The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.

I believe that may be why, as humans, we think that we have failed (or are failures).  We are stuck on the method or plans that we created, not the destination.  With my history of a “failed” marriage, “failing” in other areas of my life really bums me out.  When I believe I have failed at something, I would sit on my behind looking at the broken pieces around me, and cry or mope.  That time could have been better spent regrouping with new plans that incorporate the broken pieces~or not.  It is not failure~it’s life re-organized.  With that knowledge, one can, like Eddison, keep working at a new method until one day~the lightbulb finally turns on!

I guess I can come up with a new book release date!  🙂

May Your Cup Always Be Full!

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

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