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Quote of the Day ~ 9/3/10

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

~ Michael Jordan

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  1. But bear in mind all the belief and effort in the world didn’t help Christopher Reeve to take even one single, solitary step.

    1. I don’t know a lot about Christopher Reeve, except this. 1 – He raised awareness about Spinal Cord injuries by having the courage to persist with his efforts. 2 – Those technologies that he helped raise awareness for and the studies he helped fund have helped with the overall understanding of spinal cord injuries and the ability to one day help those has been increased, because he was willing to put in the effort. 3 – He showed his family and his wife what the face of courage was, by persisting and putting in the effort. 4 – He lived longer and probably a more satisfying longer, than having a defeatist attitude about going through a tragic event. 5 – I am pretty sure that although walking was important for him, living and sharing his life with those he cared about was probably higher on his list. Which means, he did learn to overcome that obstacle.

      The question is, how pessimistic do you have to be, to use a tragic, yet inspiring individual under traumatic circumstances, as your example as to why persisting around obstacles is, as you make it seem, an asinine thing to do?

  2. I never said it was asinine – you seem to have the view that anything that isn’t all gung-ho enthusiasm and full to the brim with piss and vinegar isn’t “good enough”. The plain fact is that there are things that no amount of re-trying, perseverance and belief will beat. It’s an old chemist’s truism – if the thermodynamics won’t work, it doesn’t matter how hard you push it – the reaction doesn’t go. The chemists (for example) who got somewhere, were the ones who persisted with reactions that will go ( problems that have solutions), not wrecked their careers on the reactions that won’t go (problems that can’t be solved).

    1. You’ve got to be kidding me? I don’t know if my writing comes off as though I am “enthusiastic” but the truth is I am quite the antithesis of that. Intense? Sure. Enthusiastic? Hell no.

      The truth of the matter is that beyond either of those two things, I am realistic. I am not “full to the brim with piss and vinegar,” because I recognize all too well, that life has the utmost ability to not only push us to our limits, but way beyond them. Anyone that doesn’t recognize that we will all “fall,” we will all fail, we will get pushed to the ground and that life isn’t always as we planned is damn ignorant. It’s in those moments though, that we have the ability to react as we best see fit. We ALWAYS have that choice, no matter how dire or bleak the situation.

      As long as you have a breath of life in you, you always have the choice to react in a way that will serve you and those you care about, or not.

      What this quote was simply about is the simple fact that many people go through life giving up on things that they want far too easily, because they have “messed up” and instead of picking their asses off of the ground and doing what they should be doing in order to get what they want, they whine, bitch and complain that they either “don’t know what to do” or that it’s “too damn hard.” The point is to move past that failure, move past what’s standing in front of you. And you know what? If you can’t move past it, at least you can have some solace in knowing that you did everything you could.

      Now where you took that quote and used a tragic, yet inspiring story, of Christopher Reeve and said that because he couldn’t walk, the quote was wrong. You picked one of the rare examples where working hard didn’t meet YOUR expectations of what he should have been able to do because he tried and “failed.” Well, my true response is, “No shit, sometimes life doesn’t meet your expectations.” That still doesn’t mean that the quote was A-wrong or B-that someone else’s life has to meet your expectations in order for that person to have overcome the obstacles that life threw at him.

      As for your above example – Eight words: “Don’t be an idiot. Try a different method.”

      Which is EXACTLY what the quote was about!

  3. “You picked one of the rare examples where working hard didn’t meet YOUR expectations ” I would say it didn’t meet his either, but there you go.

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