“The fire can burn a dough & turn it into ash. Or it may cook the dough into bread….” I once heard these words in a TV season and you know, we all can somehow relate to them. Because life is nothing but a fire that is continuously trying to consume us. Life is full of tests. And we can also relate to the next few words that, “In this test, we can either turn to ash or transform into bread.” Well, we all can keep that in mind when facing the next test of our lives, or the current one if we are going through it right now. Keep one more thing in mind that victory should be your proud and failure should be your inspiration.
The thing is that life is nothing but struggle. Nature, time, our experience and everything around us tells us that there will be a test after test in one form or other until our last breath. It is natural to be tested again and again. And surely, we are not going to succeed every time. We are going to fail. We are supposed to fail. For a man who hasn’t seen failure, is not a complete man. If we observe any person around us, we will see that what defines him is not his success, not his wealth, not his office or status, these are the things that may define him apparently.
But what truly defines him is his struggle, his effort that he has put in getting where he is today. Suppose a son gets a million dollars’ business in inheritance from his father. Now all of a sudden, he is a millionaire, owner of a large company, and an influential person, but will he be defined by these things? Surely not. So, what we have to understand is that our effort and struggle matter the most. And when we are passionate to reaching our goals, and we work hard for them, then surely there will be lethal blows of failure in our way, at times it will feel impossible, but we must keep moving and striving towards our goals, because,
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Nelson Mandela
I think that if struggle and hardship is our natural fate one way or another, and failures are sure to happen, then why not be prepared for them? Why not learn from them and let them be our inspiration to become better in what we failed at? Because failures often come with two outcomes. Either we can give up or we can be happy with our efforts.
Failures also turn our attention to our shortcomings. They tell us where we were weak or wrong and when we made mistakes. So, we should make our failures purposeful by learning what they are trying to teach us, and by changing what they are asking us to change. That will make us a better version of ourselves. We should not fear to fail rather we should dare to fail. Because after failing again and again, finally, when we will succeed, then we will know the true value of what we have achieved, and then we will be grateful. And we also must know that success is not achieving something and failure is not losing something. Failure is your inspiration. One is successful if despite falling, again and again, he or she has enough hope and courage to continue.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill
One thing that is most important in our lives is hope. Hope is what gives meaning to our lives. It is what keeps us going even when it makes no sense. Hope is what makes us want to live when dying seems pretty easier. If we have hope in our hearts, we will somehow manage to find our way out of the deepest caves that we are caught in. If we have hope, then even after failing a hundred times, we will try again a hundred and first time believing that eventually, our efforts will be fruitful. Even if we are going through hell, the hope that there will be an exit will keep us looking for it. Hope is what makes us strong enough to overcome our fears and try once again. In the fires that we face, hope helps us to transform into bread and not into ash.
“Hope is the fuel of success & fear is the prison in which you put yourself.” Tony Ben