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What if nothing comes from our devotion, effort, faith and work?

Samuel Beckett said:
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.


But...what's the measure of failure? When should we declare 'time-out'?

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    Jan 31 2013: I get up, go out, and everything is changed. The blood drains from my head, the noise of things bursting, merging, avoiding one another, assails me on all sides, my eyes search in vain for two things alike, each pinpoint of skin screams a different message, I drown in the spray of phenomena."

    "To decompose is to live too, I know, I know, don't torment me, but one sometimes forgets. And of that life too I shall tell you perhaps one day, the day I know that when I thought I knew I was merely existing and that passion without form or stations will have devoured me down to the rotting flesh itself and that when I know that I know nothing, am only crying out as I have always cried out, more or less piercingly, more or less openly. Let me cry out then, it's said to be good for you. Yes let me cry out, this time, then another time perhaps, then perhaps a last time. "

    two quotes from "Molloy" (1951) Samuel Beckett
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      Jan 31 2013: Theodore,
      This is beautifully written....kudos to you if you are the author.

      It reminds me of a quote:
      "I have lived on the lip of insanity
      Wanting to know reasons
      Knocking at the door
      It opens
      I've been knocking from the inside"
      (Rumi)

      Gogo,
      I perceive the life adventure as an opportunity to learn, grow and evolve as an individual, while contributing to the whole of humankind. Every single moment is an opportunity to learn something, so I see no "failures" in the life exploration.....I perceive opportunity. For me, there is passion, joy and challenge in exploring everything that presents itself in every moment of the day. I take "time out" every once in awhile to evaluate where I have been, what I have learned, how I will use that information, and what direction I will travel next.

      Life is like climbing a mountain......we may be challenged at certain points when we encounter a very steep slope, and sometimes have to use our skills simply to hold on and continue the climb. Then hopefully, we reach a plateau, where we can rest, recharge and evaluate what our next move will be.

      I also like Lejan's reference to high-tide, low tide and discovering the new shores.

      "A ship in a safe harbor is safe, but that is not what a ship is built for"
      (William Shedd)
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        Jan 31 2013: It was late when I posted this, These are two quotes from "Molloy" (1951) Samuel Beckett
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          Jan 31 2013: Thanks for clarification Theodore, and for editing the comment to give credit to the author. Very profound quotes.
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          Feb 2 2013: Dear Sam(uel) was a very wise guy and maybe it's not by chance that I'm called Gogo. I wish he could take part to our TED conversation...I'm sure he would smile and post:
          "Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness."
          Samuel Beckett

          Thank you Theodore....

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