The 54th Deadline: Regardless of failure or success, you learn. Life grants people so many chances to get it right.
“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill
A sprout. A sign of progress. A sign of growth. A sign that something is going to come out of this in full bloom at some point.
Over the years, I have had my share of failures. I have had my share of discouragement. I have had my share of moments where I legitimately wanted to stop trying.
Time and time again, my willpower gets that big test from life.
“Will you continue?” It asks. Like some video game. Have I had enough? Will you keep giving it a go?
Perhaps I am a fool. Maybe I don’t know better. Perhaps I just am stubborn beyond belief.
I keep trying. I try it again and again to make it work.
I tell myself it’s because I don’t want to give up on something like this. It’s my life, after all. I don’t get another one to burn through, and I sure as heck don’t want the current one to end so abruptly.
This is why I think a plant sprouting is an ideal analogy for someone like me. Against all the odds, I persist. I still try to strive for that ultimate blossom, that photo-finish kind of moment.
Hope in Growth
At the end of the day, I ultimately have to keep grinding this out. Day after day. Every day. Until it happens.
I know it must get tedious. I know I am weary beyond all measures on some spiritual level.
As long as I still have the means to take a single breath, I’ll keep pushing forward. There is so much I want to see and do. There is so much I want to accomplish.
I cannot even carry out any of these goals and more if I call it quits now.
From sprout to full bloom – that is the plan!
“Hope is my catalyst.” – Nhan Pham
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