Man is not defined so much by his success as by his failure. Rather he is defined by how he faces up to the possibility of failure, by how he deals with crisis and how he stretches his resources, both physical and mental, to turn failure or near failure into a glorious triumph.
This is not only something character-revealing but also, more significantly, a defining process that separates not merely boys from men but the men themselves from gladiators.
(Nirmal Shekhar - A Columnist - on Steve Waugh)
There is the puzzle of why some men and women go to seed, while others remain vital to the very end of their days. Going to seed may be too vague an expression. Perhaps I should say that many people, somewhere along the line, stop learning and growing.... Perhaps life just presented them with tougher problems than they could solve. Perhaps something inflicted a major wound to their self-confidence or their self-esteem. Or maybe they just ran so hard for so long that they forgot what they were running for.
I am waiting for ships
that never come in
watching and waiting
It seems that life's stormy sea
holds nothing for me,
but broken dreams
and golden schemes.
With each day of sorrow
I like to pretend
some glad tomorrow
the waiting will end.
(A popular U.S. song)
This thing that we call failure is not the falling down : but the staying down.
All heart aches and the tears
Gloomy days and fruitless years
I do give thanks, for now I know
These were the things that helped me grow.