If you’ve ever attended serious coaching sessions, major concert or recital rehearsals,
or a trauma rehabilitation centre you’ve likely seen by actions, how when the world seems to say “give up”, hope whispers “try it one more time”…
A Japanese proverb says it well in a few short words. “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
Life can be laced with so many instances where we can be discouraged. We’re told from a very young age that it can be a perseverance test, not so much one long race if we are blessed with longevity, but in fact a series of many short races one after the other.
It was once said that perseverance is the hard work we must do after we’re tired from the hard work we alread did.
Many years ago, I remember talking with a friend who had been through some difficulties and with everything that needed doing for the moment all they could think was “what’s the point?”. It will take forever to recover.
At the time I wish I had known how to say some of the wisdom of Earl Nightingale who says “Don’t let the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”
There are often times when we can feel like we are floundering or not making headway or can ask ourselves just what is it we are supposed to really be doing? In the not knowing, I think it’s sometimes helpful to focus on what we DO know.
At the same time not letting what we know we cannot do interfere with what we CAN do.
So, on this first day of what people of certain traditions call Ash Wednesday, that signifies the first day of Lent and 40 days of what some might practise or call a “giving up” discipline, it can be helpful to be reminded too of how less can be more.
In both our never give up in some contexts and in our giving up in others, we can be led to great abundance overall.
Cheers to both a knuckle up and surrender kinda day that sings YES!!!