I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met that measure their lives only by the positives. Things like financial success, and notoriety.
How empty a life that must be, since the negatives – the failure, lack of financial success, anonymity – don’t count as life lived? I’m calling bu!!sh*t on that one.
Today’s words of enlightenment, “It is our trials that cut our facets and our triumphs that polish them. Without both we could not shine as bright,” by Margaret Mullarkey Mayer actually came from a Kombucha I drank the other day. Margaret is simply an aspiring yoga teacher from Boston, Massachusetts that has tasted the bitter and the sweet of life, and has found an appreciation for both.
We all can take a page from her book, or in this case, a sip from her Kombucha.
If you need a reminder that life consists of ups and downs – and that everyone has them – take a look at this: 50 Famously Successful People Who Failed at First.
My favorite story is of well-known and beloved author J.K. Rowling. According to this website, “Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.”
Do you think if J.K. (which stands for Joanne Kathleen, BTW) hadn’t gone through the lows in life, that she would have had the color, and the imagination to create the elaborate story lines and characters that we all have come to love so much? I don’t think so.
I’ll leave you with one more quote today that, I believe, emphasizes this same point.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.” – Steve Jobs
Find beauty in the whole of life – not just an ideal. There you will find true joy.
Shine Bright Like A Diamond.