Even better, several of my friends know of my addiction and kindly send the occasional quote to me with the suggestion that it might make a good blog topic.
I am always grateful for any new insights and this week especially so to Jacqui Chatwood, Managing Director of Advance Performance (www.advance.tv).
Jacqui sent me a quote which says:
· “Smooth seas do not proficient sailors make”
and how true is that one.
The old maxim that we learn more from our mistakes than from our successes is another way of looking at it but when analysed it has even more depth.
The fact is that very few people go through life without experiencing drama at some time and the key is how they cope and overcome it.
In many cases it is only too easy to collapse metaphorically and to persuade one's self that the whole world, for some unaccountable reason, has it in for us.
In the vast majority of cases it isn’t true of course but the path of self reproach and, heaven forfend, self pity can be a compelling one.
In the end the solution is obvious. Look at the situation, ask yourself can I change what has happened (you can’t of course) so how should I handle the situation to get the best outcome.
I know, it’s just that old equation of E+R=O raising its helpful head again but how appropriate it is when the situation is genuinely dire and often has led to real loss of some sort; financial, physical, mental or personal.
Fortunately strength of character almost always sees us through and without doubt we are the better for it.
Certainly life can be tough and throw us into doubts and depression but coming out of it sometimes with the help of others can only strengthen and make us into more proficient sailors.
To digress slightly I recall a Vistage speaker, a clinical psychologist, who said that he routinely asked his patients:
“Are you clinically depressed or just clinically p****d off?”
He didn’t say how many patients he had lost as a consequence but it is a great question.
I heard a song recently, written in 1936, on a radio broadcast (the radio was better when it was on the wireless) which said:
“Nothing’s impossible I have found
For when my chin is on the ground
I pick myself up,
Dust myself off, and
Start all over again”
(Lyrics by Dorothy Fields, music by Jerome Kern)
Another quote, this time from Private Lives by Noel Coward which says:
“Strange how potent cheap music can be”
In this case, very potent and indeed percipient it is.
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