“Life is often built upon a series of difficult lessons scripted into a complex path of eventual success!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Or putting it another way – success comes from a series of painful lessons built upon accumulated failure punctured by brief moments of brilliant success. With that concept in mind, golf must be starting soon! It is! Despite going into another stay-at-home order here in Ontario, Canada, as the number of variant cases spike and ICU’s are overwhelmed, they have determined our ability to social distance during a round makes us worthy of continuance. Yay!
Onwards. The genesis for todays’ quote comes from my good friend Nichols Ingel – he’s one of a few individuals whose story I explore in my upcoming book on ‘reinvention.’ A few weeks ago, he made this comment on his Facebook feed:
We can learn from yesterday and plan for tomorrow, but all we can affect is today, just today.
That hit home because it captures the powerlessness that many of us might feel when confronted by the complexities of an uncertain future. From that, I rewrote it to my liking:
“What you learned yesterday will guide your plan tomorrow – but you need to act today!”
I actually built my quote around the idea – and started writing this blog post. But my version seemed trite, predictable.
But as I wrote about Nicks’ journey moments ago, I observed that “his life is built upon a series of life lessons scripted into a complex path of eventual success.”
As they say, Bingo! We have a winner!
I went back and revised my thinking.
The idea fit my mood this morning as I reflected upon all the work I’ve put into the last year while working hard to build out my virtual studio. Yesterday, I cut a short video that showed the dozens of different stage sets I’ve used while exploring my capabilities in this new world.
Yup, that’s a lot of difficult lessons right there. Maybe leading to eventual success, although to be honest, it doesn’t feel terribly successful right now. The world seems to have determined that it will soon be back to normal, and it’s 2019 all over again. I certainly have different views. That’s a whole other story!
But there you have it – this morning was a complex voyage but with worthy results!