I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
-Thomas A. Edison
If a little seedling can manage to grow through cement, why can’t you do the same with your difficult circumstances? The world worships at the feet of the God of success, but what do we do with failure and catastrophe? Rather than meet these challenges with a smile, We crumble and fade from them. When you’re going through a hard time keep smiling. Make people wonder where that smile came from, and how it got there. Meet life dancing with your hand in the air rather than lying down. Imagine what you’d do if the floor was pulled out from beneath you, because that’s what happened to me actually! In one fell swoop, I lost my high paying job, my apartment, a significant other, and my left arm and leg were paralyzed. I went to bed expecting to go to work and then home to New York City, but instead woke up in a Hospital back where I started with even less than I had as a child. In this situation you can either give up and fall into the arms of a suicidal depression or get up even when you don’t feel like it. Despite my desire to bury myself under the covers in my bed, I forced myself to get up and go to rehab every week. Because, regardless of how I felt, life wasn’t going to hand progress over to me I had to push back to achieve it. I can assure you , that if I can do it, so can you! Just as trout swim miles upstream to spawn, sometimes we find ourselves swimming upstream as well. Perhaps we aren’t swimming upstream to spawn, but our reasons are not so different from the trouts. That reason is simple, both of us are swimming towards Life and not away.