I found this quote in the women’s restroom of all places! However, I have decided it is very fitting for the day.
“When you’re in a hole, stop digging.” ~ Denis Healey
Remember that everyone has to start somewhere.
I cannot imagine spending 27 years of my life in prison for graciously trying to reconcile a population. Nelson Mandela did it in a way in which many could not–he did it without showing bitterness or strife toward others. My quote today is from Mandela. We should count it a blessing to learn from his gracious example of selflessness and forgiveness.
“Difficulties break some men but make others.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodor Roosevelt ~
“I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan
It seems as though those who fail most become most successful. If this is true I think I will be just fine!
“And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” Nelson Mandela