To watch something you have built over the years crumble and fall can be very, very difficult! One reason for that, of course, is we put so much of ourselves into work that is close to our hearts, that when that work comes to an end, we feel, we have too.
But, we need to remember that’s not true.
It is important to realize that what looks like the “end of the road”, is, many times, “a bend in the road.” The road will continue past the bend, and for all you know, the unfinished part of the journey will turn out to be the best part.
A lesser-known incident involving the later years of Thomas Edison’s life comes to mind. The great inventor’s laboratory caught fire in December, 1914, and was all but destroyed. Much of Edison’s life’s work went up in flames that cold winter night.
At the height of the fire, Edison’s 24-year-old son, Charles, frantically searched for his father among the smoke and debris. He finally found him, calmly watching the scene, his face glowing in the light of the fire, his white hair blowing in the wind.
“My heart ached for him,” said Charles. “He was 67- no longer a young man-and everything he had accomplished had gone up in flames.”
If anyone had a reason to give up and quit, it was Edison that night. But the inventor called out to his son and said, “Come Charles, you’ll never see anything like this again.”
And then as father and son watched the inferno, Edison said, “There go all our mistakes! Now we can start anew.”
Three weeks after the fire, Edison set about rebuilding his laboratory and went on to do his finest work.
Begin again–you can, you know.
Seek out a better way to go.
Forget the past–the past is dead,
And all tomorrow lies ahead!
There’s never a time too late to start,
To bring to fruition that dream in your heart.
Begin again, this minute, this day!
A new life is waiting–don’t throw it away!
Have a good week!