Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
–Henry Ford (1863-1947), founder of Ford Motor Company
Are you ready to give up?
I was HONORED to be on “Never Give Up” – Stories of Ordinary People Who Have Experienced the Extraordinary. Definitely check out her podcast – it’s a whole series of interviews with people who, well…never give up hope!
A little note about this art “I Can Hold On” – This was the second piece I ever created in Yale Hospital. It was a terrible, frustrating and frightening time. I remember ripping out each letter of “I Can Hold On” and collaging it onto the canvas. I didn’t believe I could, but I did hold on somehow.
It’s not always easy – but it’s worth it. Listen to Carol’s podcast and tell me how you keep going!
Do you know a survivor in your life? Someone that never gives up?
Here are five ways I’ve learned to keep that hope alive.
1.) Try to see the good in circumstances. It wasn’t easy, but I found 27 positive lessons from 27 surgeries which you can read here. What is the opportunity in your obstacle?
2.) Try to see the good in others. This is an amazing rarely-seen TED talk by Victor Frankl – a holocaust survivor – on why we see the good in others. If he can, you can too.
3.) Scrapbook your rejections. Everything’s better in retrospect – or in a scrapbook. Check out these rejection letters sent to famous people.
4.) Think small. Take one day at a time. You don’t have to climb the entire set of…oh well I thing Martin Luther King Jr. said it best:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
Of course, I’m also partial to this:
5.) Take a break. And then start again. I’ve had times where I thought I’d reached the “triumphant ending” of my journey…just to land back in the hospital. Slips are okay. You can always get back on. Don’t be discouraged by little setbacks. Take a minute to catch your breath. And then try again.
“Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow”
― Mary Anne Radmacher
It’s easy to say “don’t give up”, right? Wrong.
If you look back on the archives of this blog, you’ll see that even after my digestive system was miraculously reconstructed, I still had so many highs and lows on this detour – and it wasn’t such a beautiful detour at the time! Sometimes, I just didn’t want to go on.
This is a post from March 23rd, 2011:
|I like to draw with crayons when I’m feeling contemplative.|