“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”~Maya Angelou
I watch the great blue herons and the egrets wait.
Then suddenly dive after their meals, so often shaking the water from their heads, from their beaks which have come up empty.
They start over.
These majestic birds are just the ticket for me to observe now, as I start over. Attempting to gain some traction on new dance performance projects.
Waiting for opportunity to appear, for synchronicity. And striking!
Often coming up empty. Sometimes with beak full.
Wondering: When do you decide, how do you decide whether to give up?
Well, for me: not now.
One of these quotes materializes for me, and I am back at the marsh with the spirit animals.
Learning, in my better moments, who I am, what I might become.
“To those who need encouragement, remember this: Beware of quitting too soon. Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book was rejected by twenty-three publishers. The twenty-fourth sold six million copies.” ~Ann Landers
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up….Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”~Thomas Edison
Bottom photo courtesy of Nikki Carrara © 2017