I love this quote from Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Or, to put it in recovery terms, “Don’t give up 5 minutes before the miracle.”
Let’s talk about failure. OMG, it’s one of my favorite subjects ever. Maybe it’s because I have failed over and over in my life. I have suffered failures of my own making, failures because of random circumstances, failures because of bad timing or poorly thought through ideas, failures because of other people. I don’t make a habit of blaming other people, but sometimes they get in your way even if they don’t mean to because they are on their own paths. You would think that I would have given up by now, but from every single one of these (let’s just call them unfortunate events) I learned so much.
Let’s talk about one failure we all share. No matter who you are, where you live, how much money you have: we all fall down A LOT when we are learning how to walk. Some of us cry. Some of us laugh then cry. Some of us are surprised! (Those are the funniest ones.) You name it we have all been there, and most us, barring unforeseen circumstances, get up, and try again, and again, and again, until we are running. That is the human spirit at its purest. And that is what Renny Run is all about no matter who you are, no matter your age. All of us, as a result of this very early experience, can shout:
I am Small but Mighty!
Renny Run was born of all my unique failures, unfortunate events that I am truly grateful for. (Well maybe not all. There was that time I didn’t bother to prepare for the SATs.)
Thanks for hanging out with us. Here’s some wisdom about all of this from Denzel. See you soon!