I believe we get as many second chances as we are willing to take. It’s when we are no longer willing to get up, but instead give up and stop trying, that we are in trouble.
I’ve been knocked down — I mean flat-on-my-face knocked down hard — twice in my life, from had it all to lost it all. The first time I managed to lose a life I’ve been building for 25 years. After mourning a lot, I licked my wounds and declared my life a “Do Over,” starting all over again. The second time — starting to run out of mistakes to make — I realized I’d been blessed with a “Third Life” and lots of new opportunities. Each time I learned a lot, earning more than just bruises and disappointment. Today? Nicked and graying, with a few old wounds that will always ache like the dickens when an old-memory front comes through, I cherish every second chance I’ve been given.
My point? Never give up. Never give in. Seize the opportunities you are given. Most of all, every time you get knocked down, get up and keep on going, savoring the blessings and opportunities of each and every day. — jri
“It is never too late to become what you
might have been.”
– George Eliot
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