In Others’ Words: Encountering Defeat
One of these days I’m going to catalogue my quotes and tally how many posts I’ve written that deal with facing — and overcomng — defeat.
Quite a few, I’m thinking.
Sometimes when I find a quote about overcoming defeat and then I blog about it, I’m writing myself out of a funk. And then there are times I’m standing firm, walking strong and confident. But I figure someone else may need a reminder to push past whatever defeat they’re staring down.
Move on past the disappointment. The no. The emotional roadblock. The naysayer. Figure a way around, under, over, through the defeat.
I’m about to ask myself a question and you are invited to listen in:
Me: Ever experienced defeat?
Me: Oh yeah. You want an alphabetical list or a chronological list?
Me: No list needed.
Me: How about the time a book I … um, we … were passionate about got all the way to pub board and then one person — one person — said no. And that was the end of that. How about the time I tried to talk out a difficulty with a friend and she stonewalled me? How about when I did everything I could to avoid back surgery … and that became my only option to try and eradicate the pain?
Me: That last one was a defeat and a success.
Me: Point taken.
(I’ll stop talking to myself now.)
I’m not going to continuing discussing my defeats. The point is: I’m still here. I’m still writing — and I’m published. No, not that one book I mentioned — and yes, I’m still passionate about the topic. And I’m still making and sustaining friendships. And after crying because I was backed into a virtual corner with surgery the only option for relief of my back pain … well, now I thank God surgery was an option.
In Your Words: I don’t even have to ask if you’ve faced defeats. if you’re living on planet Earth, defeat has chased you down — and caught you. The question for today is: How have you overcome it? I’d love to hear how you’ve refused to be defeated.1 blogger likes this post!