Today “I will persist until I succeed.”
I promise I will try my hardest not to digress and get off subject and talk about wine tasting again …oops, I already have.
Anyway, this is the article that I intended to write yesterday… more inspirational quotes from Og Mandino to help “fill up your empty tank”…or at least to give you something to mull over. It was actually the word “mull” that got me so off track yesterday. I was thinking about how we often just rush through everything that we do on the way to do the next thing… and sometimes we miss out …often. Why do we have such a hard time really enjoying the moment. What is better, scarfing down your food…maybe in the car…maybe while talking on the cell phone… not even knowing what the food tastes like. How often do we actually take a bite and chew? I picture myself putting the delicacy otherwise known as chicken massaman curry (Thai food…yum)…or Dairy Queen midnight truffle Blizzard (for example…)in my mouth and holding it there for a second and closing my eyes and making unintended sounds of pleasure. I really do that by the way. Now picture your self putting_____ in your mouth (what ever you salivate just thinking about)….and hold that thought for just a minute. It’s good, right? And that is just imaginary food! Imagine how UNBELIEVABLE the real delicacies of life COULD be!
Or it may be that you are a bath taker… one friend calls it “cheap therapy”. I don’t know because I am and always have been a shower girl. But IF you are a bath taker, I can imagine the ecstasy of stepping into an almost scalding tub full of water…maybe it has fragrance or bubbles or fizzy salts or shooting jets. Can you feel it? Especially if you have had a particularly long, or stressful day…or if you have been in a damp,night and gotten a bone-deep chill. Imagine sinking down and down in that hot tub until nothing is exposed to the air except the top half of your head. If I liked baths, that is what I would look like for sure…I might even have a snorkel and go ahead and stick my whole head under! That sounds so good, I may have just converted myself to be a believer in baths! Nah.
Ok, so back to “mull” ing. According to Webster (that would be me and my ancestors) one definition of “mull” is: “to consider at length; ponder; meditate.” There is also the “mull” that means to pulverize…the “mull” that means to heat, sweeten and flavor with spices (as wine or cider)…the “mull” that is a soft, fine sheer fabric of cotton, silk, or rayon…the “mull” that is granular forest humus that forms a layer of mixed organic matter and mineral soil and merges gradually into the mineral soil beneath…or a finely powdered solid especially in a suspension.
Who knew that one word could mean so many random things? Yesterday I was trying to connect the words meanings of ponder/ meditate/ consider and the one relating to heating, sweetening and spicing…as to wine…when I got carried away. I was also trying to find out if a true wine taster spits out the wine or holds it in their mouth and swallows…they swallow. Spitting versus Swallowing was an analogy I wanted to use also… why when we hear something that is meaningful to us, do we hear it and then it just goes through one ear and out the other, do we often fail to give it the consideration it deserves? We guzzle it too fast and it won’t go down… we spit it out instead of taking the time to sip and savour it and take it in. I hope you can take a few minutes from your busy life to read some more quotes to “mull”…as in “to consider at length”.
“I will persist until I succeed.”
“The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning; and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.
“I will persist until I succeed. Henceforth, I will consider each day’s effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak. The first blade may cause not a tremor in the wood, nor the second, nor the third. Each blow, of itself, may be trifling, and seem of no consequence. Yet from my childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble. So it will be with my efforts of today. I will be liken to the rain drop which washes away the mountain; the ant who devours the tiger; the start which brightens the earth; the slave who builds a pyramid. I will build my castle one brick at a time for I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.
“I will persist until I succeed…I will remove from my vocabulary such words as the phrases as quit, cannot, unable, impossible, out of the question, improbable, failure, unworkable, hopeless, and retreat…I will avoid despair but if this disease of the mind should infect me then I will work on in despair. I will toil and I will endure. I will ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where dry desert ends, green grass follows.
“I will persist until I succeed…Each nay I hear will bring me closer to the sound of yea. Each frown I meet only prepares me for the smile to come. Each misfortune I encounter will carry in it the seed of tomorrow’s good luck. I must have the night to appreciate the day. I must fail often to succeed only once.
“I will persist until I succeed. I will try, and try, and try again. Each obstacle I will consider as a mere detour to my goal and a challenge to my profession. I will persist and develop my skills as the mariner develops his, by learning to ride out the wrath of each storm.
“I will persist until I succeed. Nor will I allow yesterdays success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life. So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success; if I persist long enough I will win. I will persist. I will win.”
I love an eternal optimist… that no matter what happens the best possible “take on it” is taken! That last quote made me think of Sponge Bob Squarepants. He is a sensitive soul…always ready to make a friend and be a friend…always willing to go out of his way to help anyone in need. I know there are people who disagree, but I love Sponge Bob Squarepants…and although the song, after hearing it a thousand times did get on my last nerve…..I love that he sang, “It’s the BEST DAY EVER!”… mostly because he doesn’t really ever have a bad day. How do we make this “the best day of my life”…or “the best day ever?” THAT, my friend is something to “mull”.
In 1 Samuel 18:14 we read about David, “In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him.”
We know David was not perfect…he made a lot of errors in judgement. But God was with Him…just as He is with us.
What does success mean to YOU? Important position or title? money? stuff? family? friends? happiness? That is something to “mull” too. Are you a success? If not, should you continue your current quest on your current path…or maybe re-evaluate what is really important. Baby steps to get there…baby steps…but heading in the right direction taking baby steps is far more satisfying than continuing on a path at 90 mph that leads nowhere.