I think there comes a time in everyone’s life when we question what we are going to do next. A stone is thrown and it casts a ripple across the water. That stone might be experiencing a different culture, meeting someone new or trying something out of your comfort zone. Whatever your stone is, the ripples left behind can change the course of your life forever. I say be open to those ripples. Where will they take you if you allow them to? Have a dream? Go after it! What are you afraid of? Failure?
There are hundreds of quotes on failure vs. success. Great ones. Inspiring ones. A lot of people failed before they succeeded. But they tried. They might have fallen on their butts but they tried and they got back up again. Maybe the original plan didn’t pan out but that failure will give you something to learn from or something new to go after.
I have two old books that were published posthumously as a tribute to Elbert Hubbard. I picture his personal moleskine filled with his thoughts and curiosities taken and turned into book form. The books alone are fabulous pieces of art but the words inside are thought provoking. All this to say, while there are many quotes out there about failure, this one by Elbert Hubbard stood out to me most.
A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. – Elbert Hubbard
GLORIOUS success. God knows the plans he has for us before we were even born. The thing is, He gave us the choice to pick which stones we are going to throw out there. We cant be afraid of the ripples that stone might cast. They were all intended for us but we have to trust in and lean on God. He already knows the way, we just have to follow. He has given us all a unique story to tell, it might involve failure, hurt, loss but He wants us all to be GLORIOUSly successful.
What stones are you afraid to cast out there?