"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
How do we define success and failure. I think we all have different ideas of those two words. They are extremely personal.
I'm not talking about the every day events such as passing a test or failing to get to the gym. I'm thinking about the definition of these words as to our big picture. When you look at your life do you feel like you are succeeding or failing?
This changes of course. It's how we survive. In our worst moments when we feel our world crumbling and failure like an elephant sitting on our chests we have to have some courage that it will get better. We have to hope for success.
And of course each of those moments are scarred into us where no one can see. We hold them as our personal battle wounds and hopefully learn from them.
Maya Angelou, my favorite author and inspiration since I saw her speak in 1989 while in one of my darkest times wrote: "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but faced with courage, need not be lived again."
So we find that courage to try to succeed. But without those failures how do we know what we consider success. It's the dichotomy of life. You appreciate joy more if you have known pain. You appreciate warmth if you've been cold. You can love more deeply if you've had your heart broken. You can relish food if you've been hungry. Everything in our lives depend on us being able to have these moments to learn from and make ourselves better for them.
So at this moment are you succeeding or failing?
If you're succeeding keep doing what you're doing. You are in an extraordinary place in life.
If your failing grab onto what courage you have and move forward. Make a plan, make a change, make a commitment to find success again.
We have one life to live, long or short. If we can end our time knowing we were happy in our efforts we have succeeded.
I wish you the best success.