Quotable Quotes

We have all failed. I’m not even going to ask for a show of hands. You’ve done it; don’t try to kid yourself otherwise. Even if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth and you have had the world handed to you on a golden platter, you have failed. It happens to the best and worst of us.

To me, strength is defined in how you cope with failing. Are you a whiner? Do you feel as if the world handed you a raw deal? Is it always someone else’s fault? True, others may contribute to your failures, but in the end, you own them. The secret is to not let them own you.

My wife will think this is all really weird coming from me. I’m still fighting the demons that emerged because of past negative events in my life. Meeting those demons led me to, at best, questionable choices. I could have reacted differently and there would have been markedly different outcomes. I could have walked away silently, leaving the effect of those situations to the the imaginations of those in left in my wake .

Then there is the whole concept of reaction. Maybe the lesson was that I shouldn’t have been in a position to react at all. Failure may come no matter how proactive a person is, but then you go into situations with eyes wide open instead of wandering into a quagmire that requires a major fight to evade.

Take failure for what it is – a lesson. We learn when we fail. We learn what NOT to do in the future. Remember what is said about doing something over and over and expecting a different result. That is truly nuts. Been there. Done that.

Take ownership for the failures in your life. It is never too late. Learn from them and build on the lessons you learn. Learn that there is one person under your control and that you should never allow others to take that power from you.

Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent. Marilyn vos Savant

Everyone fails, but it’s only fatal when people fail to learn from it. Unknown

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the World are the ones who do.  Jack Kerouac

In life you are either a passenger or a pilot, it’s your choice.  Unknown

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.  David Brinkley

Each of these quotes says something to me.  As I continue to bounce back from events that could have shaken my faith in humanity completely, I am reminded that the past is only relevant if it is allowed to be.  As you go through each of these quotes, I ask that you reflect on each one and decide for yourself what meaning each brings to you.  All of them have reinforced the main thing I have been trying to focus on, that being that life is not just a game, but a meaningful event for each soul.  Each of us has paths that we must follow.  Not just one path, but many that lead us to new adventures each and every day.  Travel your paths and live your life to the fullest!

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living.”  Dale Carnegie

“For every wound there is a scar and that scar tells a story; a story that says: ‘I was deeply wounded, but I survived.'”  Unknown

“Nothing is ever wrong.  We learn from every step we take. Whatever you did today was the way it was meant to be.  Be proud of you.”  Unknown

“Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.” Helen Keller

“I do not dream at night, I dream all day, I dream for a living.” Steven Spielberg

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”  George Eliot

“You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.”  Mitch Albom

“No matter what the situation, remind yourself ‘I have a choice.’”  Deepak Chopra

Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Twitter knows I love to share quotes. Some are funny, some are thought-provoking, some are sentimental – some are even quotable! So here is the first in a series I will share here (since I haven’t been doing much else lately on here!). It’s a quote from everyone’s psychologist in a box:

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances.  The real mistake is to stop trying. ~  B. F. Skinner