Monday, August 30, 2010

It's Greek to me

I'm learning Greek. Kind of. Cupcake is now in her junior year at FSU. (Wow- time flies!) It so happens that all the girls she "hung out" with for the last two years graduated in May and moved away. She stayed in Tallahassee over the summer and she was extremely lonely. Going to a school of 40,000 students requires finding a nest in a smaller group, so she decided to participate in fall recruitment for sororities. Some family members were cheering her on and others were skeptical, saying "it's a set-up for hurt and rejection." The outcome has been terrific and she's having a blast, but that's not the point of this post.

I've been thinking about life lessons and I've come to the conclusion that if we're truly alive, we put ourselves at risk for rejection every day. When we're rejected, it stinks and it hurts but it's such a necessary part of giving, living and loving. The only way to avoid rejection is to not try anything new. Not an option, in my book.

I just read an interview of tennis champion, Martina Navratilova and she was asked, "What quality do you have that champions need?" Her answer was, I think the ability to fail. Not being afraid to put it all on the line and come up short. Most people don't have that."

So there you have it. Our children are champions because we've taught them that failure is just feedback. May you have the courage today to try something new and go somewhere you've never been. Now, how do you say that in Greek?


Ballerina Girl said...

I seem to be good at trying new things...I hope that we can give that to our children!
It is hard to fail, and even more so to admit it and accept it.
It is always a challenge to push ourselves and to find something new for each day to learn and try..

good post, it is great to think about these challenges for us...


Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

Oh wow. I love this. As someone who is just kind of a little bit afraid of failure, this really speaks to me. Thanks, dear!

And congrats to Cupcake!!

Amy said...

I needed that just now, THANKS! I love it when that happens .

sara said...

I think you are so right!!! we miss out on so much when we are so afraid of failing that we disengage the world around us!!

Edwina at The Picket Fence said...

Hope all is well with you, I commented but not sure if it posted (you may get this twice) Hope you remember me I am from Tallahassee and we talked about I think your daughter attending FSU. If she is looking for a church we have a great one here in Tallahassee. Looking forward to catching up with you. Edwina