“Although I am over 67 years old, I’ll start all over again tomorrow.”- Thomas Edison – NY Times
Thomas Edison said the above after his factory burned down. The whole town was out watching the scene. Imagine towards the latter part of your life and career not being completely torn down internally by watching your business burn to the ground. But imagine saying “well I can start again.”
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs” – Rudyard Kipling
“Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:” – Rudyard Kipling
How many of us can honestly say – no matter how wise or philosophical we are – that we would respond positively to a situation such as this? Literal or metaphorical? Heck – rock bottom or lifes work destroyed is pretty much on the list of “things to try and avoid” if there was such a list.
But the next time things feel like that they’re falling apart – stop and say to yourself – I’ll start all over again tomorrow.