“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up…”

“…The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

~Thomas Edison, 1847-1931, Inventor and Entrepreneur

As The Year of Clarity wraps up, I find that I’m focusing more on the things I didn’t accomplish instead of feeling good about all I did accomplish. Does anyone else do that?

Today’s quote helps me realize there is no official end. If I didn’t reach the high heights I set, I need to keep pushing forward, not just chalk it up to a lost year. (Or month, week or day.)

I could sulk because I didn’t get my Christmas Gifts for Readers and Writers post written in time, or feel bad because those 12/31 deadlines crept up on me and I have nothing prepared to submit. I could bash the teacher in me for not sending back my students’ “inner editors” from November’s NaNoWriMo or drown in guilt over extending my class’s Student Publishing project, yet again.

But, no. I have the choice to think positive, to give myself a break from all the strings attached to my mind, my limbs, my ego. I can try one more time, or four more times. And if I don’t get to it even after the fourth try (or 15th) then maybe instead of crossing it off my to-do list, I can remove it from the list completely, as it’s probably not ever going to get done. And sometimes, that’s OK.

So, maybe I have reached the level of “Clarity” I was aiming for. How about you?


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