“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
I can only imagine the frustration a pessimist had with Thomas Edison. Here was a man who always saw the cup as full of opportunity. He never felt defeated. He felt frustrated, disappointed, curious, and foolish, but he always saw that there was another way to succeed.
How many of us have always been that way? Not me! It took me a long time to have the faith, trust and hope inside my soul to know that there were countless ways to achieve my goals and I did not have to know what they were when I started on a project.
People often ask me as a Rabbi and Spiritual Counselor if I always have abiding faith that opportunity abounds and my attitude is 100% positive? I laugh at the notion of perfect faith. I have doubts regularly and that is part of being human. What I tell them is that I no longer allow the doubts to prevent me from taking action as I now see them as part of my humanness.
My pride and my ego take jabs, crosses and hooks on a regular basis and I even get knocked down periodically, but I pick myself up, clean myself off and start anew. I know today that God wants me to find the answers; sometimes slower, sometimes faster and sometimes never. I have learned when to put the project down for today and move on as it is clear that for whatever reason I am unable to see the solution. I come back another day when my mind, heart and spirit are fresh and able to approach whatever it may be with a new energy.
My prayer for you today is that your attitude always sees hope and light rather than failure and darkness.
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Hugs and Blessings,
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