I LOVE this quotation…
“What is defeat? Nothing but education; Nothing but the first step to something better.”
I’m one of those rosy-glasses types. The-glass-without-water-is-still-a-glass-so-I’m blessed-I-have-one-at-all kind of girl. I see the good and positive in EVERYTHING. That doesn’t mean I don’t cry or whine or have my meltdowns…I definitely DO! We are human, after all, flawed and fragile. The great news, it’s not only OKAY, it is what makes OUR Lives SO special….and US, so brave.
We’ve all had painful experiences in Life – emotional, physical, spiritual, financial… We’ve all felt disappointment – maybe we didn’t get that promotion, or win that competition… Maybe a relationship didn’t turn out as we envisioned, or we fell on that double jump we never, EVER fall on! “Seriously?! How COULD I?!” I yelped. It HAPPENS!
And it’s OKAY.
With each experience, our Life grows richer…and, I argue, more positive. We learn more about ourselves, our gifts, our needs and wants. We learn more about others and what matters to them. We learn new subjects…how to do a new dance move, or a badass kick combination!
We learn that “defeat” doesn’t really mean anything beyond that we have lived and learned. We actually TRIED in the first place, and how noble is that?! Pretty awesome, I’d say!
I always used to say that if we don’t fall, we aren’t trying hard enough. Why would a triple jump on the ice matter if we could land it the first time?! There’d be no excitement in actually ACHIEVING if it was all handed to us, packaged with a little bow.
If we won every single competition, our skills would fall flat – we wouldn’t need to hone anything, we wouldn’t feel the thrill of a challenge…and we’d never truly know the joy of making it to the top. We wouldn’t know that really cool takedown we just learned because someone used it on US…or that awesome side shuffle that we saw our Grandmaster do right before we tapped out!
I personally feel like there is only education in Life…and in education there is ALWAYS something positive to take away. I believe education makes us stronger, faster, bolder, brighter, smarter… When people say “defeat” I have to say “come again?” because in my World, that simply does not exist.
Credit for these photos is TOTALLY Shannon, Bruce Lee’s Daughter – there were found on her Facebook page, which, naturally, I like! 😉 https://www.facebook.com/BruceLee I believe also from Brucelee.com, as on one of the images.