Tuesday, September 12, 2006


I'm in a blank spot these few days.  Since this just came in from a friend's email, I'm posting it here instead of forwarding it.  Read and ponder.... it may be your current situation.  And stay in there...ok?


I'm told the story is true: A woman was giving birth to a baby in an
elevator at a hospital. When she complained about the location, a
nurse said, "Why, this isn't so bad; last year a woman delivered her
baby out on the front lawn."

"Yes," said the woman on the floor, "that was me, too."

Who said, "If I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have any luck at

But on the other hand, not all "bad luck" should be considered a bad
thing! Like someone said, "When life gives you a kick, let it kick
you forward."

In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway learned something about "bad luck" and
getting kicked by life. He was struggling to make his mark as an
author when disaster struck. He lost a suitcase containing all his
manuscripts -- many stories he'd polished to jewel-like perfection --
which he'd been planning to publish in a book.

According to Denis Waitley in his book Empires of the Mind (William
Morrow and Company, Inc., 1995), the devastated Hemingway couldn't
conceive of redoing his work. All those months of arduous writing
were simply wasted.

He lamented his predicament to friend and poet Ezra Pound who called
it a stroke of good fortune! Pound assured Hemingway that when he
rewrote the stories, he would forget the weak parts; only the best
material would reappear. He encouraged the aspiring author to start
over with a sense of optimism and confidence. Hemingway did rewrite
the stories and eventually became a major figure in American

Don't pray for fewer problems; pray for more skills. Don't ask for
smaller challenges; ask for greater wisdom. Don't look for an easy
way out; look for the best possible outcome.

When life gives you a kick, let it kick you forward.



  1. yeah, and then Hemingway shot himself with a rifle thus creating the 'Hemingway' method to die. the barrel in his mouth and his big toe curling around the trigger. bang...

  2. "He led a turbulent social life, was married four times, and allegedly had various romantic relationships during his lifetime." (wikipedia)...some people say, great personalities have great weaknesses. That's the part of the bargain I suppose. So, think we should rather be ordinary?

  3. I leaned to put my past mistakes behind me and carry on. I like your philosophy.