With the start of school this year, it’s been hard to remember the stuff on the calendar, let alone write. And I thought last year was tough. But a little nudge in the night reminded me to find a courage quote, and then maybe later on I’ll be able to get back to my balance point. but right now it’s time to get the kids awake for another day of school, so I’ll leave you with this….
Excerpts from Thomas Monson, Ensign sept 1994
“In our journey on earth, we discover that life is made up of challenges— We are success-oriented, striving to become “wonder women” and “super men.” Any hint of failure can cause panic, even despair. Who among us cannot remember moments of failure? … One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.
(for example) In 1894, the rhetoric teacher at Harrow in England wrote on a 16-year-old’s report card, “A conspicuous lack of success.” The 16-year-old was Winston Churchill..
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumble… The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena”
But the way is rugged, and the course is strenuous. So discovered John Helander from Goteborg, Sweden. John is handicapped, and it is difficult for him to coordinate his motions. But he wanted to race… Who is this contestant who continues to run when the race is ended? Doesn’t the foolish lad know he has lost? Ever onward he struggles, the only participant now on the track. This is his race. This must be his victory. No one among the vast throng of spectators leaves. Every eye is on this valiant runner. He makes the final turn and moves toward the finish line. There is awe; there is admiration. Every spectator sees himself running his own race of life. As John approaches the finish line, the audience, as one, rises to its feet. There is a loud applause of acclaim. Stumbling, falling, exhausted but victorious, John breaks the newly tightened tape. The cheering echoes for miles. And just maybe, if the ear is carefully attuned, the Lord can be heard to say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21).
Each of us is a runner in the race of life. Comforting is the fact that there are many runners. Reassuring is the knowledge that our eternal Scorekeeper is understanding. Challenging is the truth that each must run. But you and I do not run alone. …family, friends, and leaders will cheer our courage, will applaud our determination as we rise from our stumblings and pursue our goal.”