Sunday, January 23, 2011

Brian’s Reflection: Monday, January 24, 2011

Success consists of going from failure
to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister;
he died on this date, 1965, age 90

You have really got to have your act together actually to believe this! (Note that I did not split the infinitive; it is usually done these days ….. but I absolutely refuse to break about the only rule I remember being taught about English grammar. It also connects me in a pedantic way with Mr. Churchill, who famously said, “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”)

If you know that you are loved, and respected. If you know that Failure is part of being Human, as well as a necessary part of being courageous and of growing up and of learning what one needs to learn in order to be a mature adult. If you know that honest mistakes are part of Life. If you know that Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts (including to oneself), and is one of the chief characteristics of the God of Compassion. If you know that your true friends will always respect you for admitting failure and moving forward …..

You will succeed.

Of course you know there things, yes?

You don’t?

They are all true.


Be enthusiastic about Life.


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