“Fight on, my men,” says Sir Andrew Barton,
“I am hurt, but I am not slain;
I’ll lay me down and bleed a while,
And then I’ll rise and fight again. – “Sir Andrew Barton”
As many football fans know, the Buffalo Bills would fight back to the Super Bowl the next three years (and coming up short in their goal to win it). In their third appearance they were a wild card team. What an example of strength and heart.
Sometimes it seems that life is filled with failure. It feels like a streak of bad luck hits us. Stress, unexpected situations, any number of things can be viewed as a negative in our lives. Everybody has failure. But how do we respond? That is the important key to success.
I know that I am not writing anything new, not presenting a breakthrough in life for anyone. But we sometimes need to be reminded why it is important to “rise and fight again.”
Failure can distort our view of ourselves; it can cripple our resolve and sabotage the true joy of life around us. We must feel the pain of failure, let it touch our heart and spark a tear or two. That is the bitter sweetness of truly living. Success is learning from that pain and “moving forward” toward our goals. As the New Year approaches it gives us a chance to reflect and refocus. I can promise you that failure will occur next year, and I hope you will move forward through it. In fact, I dare you to.
Have a great 2012!