A Never-Give-Up Valentine’s Message

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“Let’s just anticipate that we (all of us) will disappoint ourselves somehow. Go ahead and let it happen. Let somebody else be a better mother than you for one afternoon. Let somebody else go to art school. Let somebody else have a happy marriage, while you foolishly pick the wrong guy. (Hell, I’ve done it; it’s survivable.) While you’re at it, take the wrong job. Move to the wrong city. Lose your temper in front of the boss, quit training for that marathon, wolf down a truckload of cupcakes the day after you start your diet. Blow it all catastrophically, in fact, and then start over with good cheer. This is what we all must learn to do, for this is how maps get charted — by taking wrong turns that lead to surprising passageways that open into spectacularly unexpected new worlds. So just march on. Future generations will thank you — trust me — for showing the way, for beating brave new footpaths out of wonky old mistakes.

Fall flat on your face if you must, but please, for the sake of us all, do not stop.

Map your own life.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert

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7 Comments

  1. hippychick says:

    Thanks for reminding this recovering perfectionist–or rather, a gloriously failing perfectionist– that sometimes we need to be reminded to give ourselves permission to fail. What’s the worst that will happen? When you believe that God is in control–nothing. You (I) can rest easy that He’s got my back.
    I needed that.
    Thanks.

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