Resilience is the name of the game of life. We don’t get down by failure; no, we get up, again... and again. Failure does not define us—it never should. Instead, we look ever forward to the immediate future.
Failure’s taught me one thing you know,
To double back over old ground is to fail to grow,
Instead I’m inspired to draw courage to believe,
Potential exists, just need confidence to achieve.
Old days as I look back they’ve come and gone,
Never until now did those plans belong,
Now with a passion—a purpose to commend,
My potential’s now good to further extend.
Possibility in hope and dreams anew,
Fill the pocket of my heart with a spritely dew,
Establishes the enterprise of substance beyond vapour,
I could be coming home to this fondly caper!
Ability’s the confidence to dance the Rumba,
Poise’s now coined to achieve this plunder,
Suddenly before me—a heavenly deal,
Now to accomplish, this dream has become real.
God’s grace is never more beatified than by the fresh day—yet another opportunity to right the wrongs of the past. We may sow the previous evening in tears, but the dawning of a new day brings hope and joy (Psalm 30:5b).
There is a realisation, revealed personally, in the poem above. As I’ve reflected, failure has taught me something; we don’t grow by continuing to fail. But the failures season our coming success; they add spice as we contemplate what it feels like to be a winner.
The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.
As our thoughts propel us into the future, disappointment makes way for hope, and endurance finds a new comrade in the restoration of confidence.
The only thing that stands between us and the achievement of our goals is the confidence of belief. If we’ll be forwardly compelled, one-eyed for the prize, we will get there.
One Day at a Time – The Secret Weapon
There really is no rocket science involved in the one-day-at-a-time approach.
It takes work, and a plan sitting behind it, but overall it’s the belief in ourselves that propels us onward. One day at a time is just the mechanism, again complying with God’s grace, in that a woeful day is quickly gone. Likewise, one day down is one day further along the path of achievement.
What’s most wonderful is the fresh belief blitzes the malignantly corrosive beliefs that the bad habits reinforced, perhaps year after year.
© 2011 S. J. Wickham.