Future Beacon

Pick Yourself Up, Brush Youself Off . . .

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” –Henry Ford

“The greatest and most important problems in life are all in a certain sense insoluble. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.” – Carl Jung

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house to a home, a stranger into a friend." - Melody Beattie

We do not stay where we are unless we choose to do so. We do not grow in a positive direction unless we are looking toward the light. There is no question that we all fall short sometimes and literally as well as figuratively fall down. It is part of growing up. When we learn to walk we fall and get up. When we learn to ride a bike we fall with the bike, brush the dirt off our knees and try again until we get it right. This is part of our early development. If we are truly going to overcome the obstacles in our lives, I believe, we will always have to do this. This is our lifelong development. If we are going to keep growing up and out into the greater expanse of what life has to offer and to what we have to offer others, picking ourselves up, brushing ourselves off and doing it again is a mandate.

Too often we think we are done when we reach adulthood, or middle age, or old age. WRONG. Where there is life there is either growth or dying. That applies at any stage. I’d rather grow until the end; experience the excitement of the next adventure whatever it may be. The sun will shine for me if I embrace it. If I ignore or shun the experience, I have lost a great opportunity to be nourished so that I may continue to grow upwards.

Let us not allow the many falls and failures in life to win the day. They cannot if we persist. The two quotes from Henry Ford and Carl Jung capture the expansive idea of growing up and out of our difficulties by using our minds to learn from our experience and our willingness to keep shedding old ways of doing and being so that we may grow, and grow, and keep growing up.

            -Mary Seyuin, M.A. LLP