"The first key to wisdom is this-- constant and frequent questioning... for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at truth."~ Peter Abelard
The goal of Daily Celebrations is to celebrate life. I always try to find the positive spin on the person, place or thing I am featuring. It's usually a simple joy to do once I start researching my topic.
I've been working way too long on an upcoming celebration (4/4/01) of actor Robert Downey, Jr. I've always been astounded by his remarkable acting ability, from Chaplin, to
Ally McBeal, to the
Wonder Boys. But the more I learn about his drug problems and how he's wasted his talent, the harder it is for me to keep the spin positive and not sound preachy. So I've been struggling...
"I've often thought that when something is hard for you, whether it's going to law school or anything else that challenges you, that's probably what you should do." ~ Hillary Rodham Clinton
If something is hard for you, don't give up. Just keep trying.
"To take the difficulties, setback and sorrows of life as a challenge which to overcome makes us stronger rather than unjust punishment, which should not happen to us, requires faith and courage." ~ Erich Fromm
With faith and courage, all things are possible...
THE ULTIMATE MEASURE...
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
So, challenges are good. The harder a job is to do, the more necessary it is to stick to it. The challenge builds strength. Accomplishment reveals true character.
I think I've found the positive spin for Mr. Downey... and me. Have a great weekend!
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