(This was originally published on The Mission)
Life is a gruelling task. It demands an effort that often proceeds your own ability. It cares little for how you feel and does its best to expose your weaknesses. Ultimately its hard and thus, tiring. But life rewards those that see past this. It grabs hold of those special individuals that push themselves beyond their immediately presented limits and elevates them to extraordinary places. See in life, the things that happen to you do not matter, but instead, it looks at what you do with your circumstances and how far you are willing to go before truly calling it quits.
“There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Elbert Hubbard
You’ve been running and misplaced your foot. You’ve fallen. Suddenly, the path you were previously on becomes unclear and the ability to stand back up and continue running seems impossible. Your legs ache. Your body is spent. Your mind is exhausted. But you are not to give up here. Do not allow a temporary setback (and that is exactly what it is, regardless of what you tell yourself) to hold you back. Stand up. Continue down the path that leads you where you always wanted to go. Get back at it.
Often, all it requires is one sentence, one push, one realisation, one harsh truth to bring you back on your feet – so here’s 34: