“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston S. Churchill
At every stage in life, there will be disappointments. It might be over a missed school award, a job, a broken friendship, audition rejection letter(s). The possibilities truly are endless. However, the way in which these disappointments or set backs are handled is what defines our character.
It’s far easier to give in to self pity and doubt. It’s much more convenient to say that “maybe it just wasn’t meant to be” and give up on your dreams. In fact, it may offer you temporary relief and maybe a few moments of happiness. Staying down after falling is much more comfortable.
On the flip side, it hurts to get back up. You feel every bruised bit of pride and hope seems distant. It’s also emotionally painful and mentally tedious. Sometimes you might even wonder if you are crazy for pursuing your dreams. Before you know it, however, life continues. That “big” setback was only a slight detour in your path.
You see, life is made up of a million impossibilities. Our very existence should be impossible. It takes faith mixed with a bit of stubbornness and imagination to realize that while our goals seem “impossible” they aren’t necessarily unattainable.
These difficulties, if you allow them, make you a stronger person. If we were given what we wanted all the time we would never truly value the gift of that one special “yes.” Our character becomes weak if we are never tested by adversity. Continuing on in spite of circumstances, of disappointments and failures creates in us a much more resilient character.
Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from pursing your dreams. Instead let your “failure” motivate you to work harder. Let your disappointments now make you appreciate your success later. Most importantly, place your hope and faith in the Lord. Circumstances will constantly fail to meet our expectations, but the Lord is always faithful and true. Last but not least, never underestimate the power that caramel ice cream brought home by your dad and hugs from a mother, have to cheer you up.
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”