Saturday, October 08, 2005

A Life Better Spent

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)

Every footstep taken forward holds the possibility of being a mistake, but standing still embraces that certainty. To do nothing is criminal, signaling indifference to a gift as magical as a lifetime. Simply put, any attempt is better than no attempt at all.
Risking a mistake is one of life's greatest gambles and the odds instantly tip in the favor of anyone with enough balls to play the hand dealt with confidence.
Win or lose, either offers unique benefits. Any attempt, ending in victory has an instant reward, but getting any good out of losing takes effort. Some of my worst loses gained me more ground than most of my victory's. Learning all you can from a painful defeat can make winning easier the next round and the next.
Doing nothing at all leaves you resting in place, getting older and older, but accomplishing nothing of worth. The difference between being as motionless as a boulder or as forward surging as a river is evident. I would rather be a stream, ever reaching toward the sea than a stone, ever stuck upon the shore. Risking a mistake is part of the price of becoming a free flowing water way.