Reflections is a weekly meme hosted by Kristin of A Simply Enchanted Life and Fizzy of Fizzy Pop Collection. Every Sunday we will dig deeper in our recent reads to explore the real-life lessons within the pages. Reading the book yourself is not necessary to participate. If you would like to host your own reflection, you’re welcome to copy and paste this introduction, with the link to our pages. You may use our current or prior reflections or come up with your own.
In ‘All She Left Behind‘ by Jane Kirkpatrick, Jennie pursues her lifelong dream of studying medicine despite multiple obstacles in her way. Having some sort of learning disability (it is never expounded upon beyond her difficulties and limitations), her husband choosing to file for a divorce on her behalf, and trying to find a way to support herself and her son through it all, she is still passionate about the idea that she can heal. At one point she talks about the idea that ‘Some things are worth doing regardless of how they turn out.’ Do you share that view?
I think we all fall under the spell that life is meant to be won. That every endeavor we undertake should be about coming out on top. And that when we don’t reach that pinnacle we have somehow failed. The truth about failure, if you really think about it, is that you can learn so much more about life and yourself and even others in those moments when you didn’t come out on top. The times you don’t ‘win’ are the moments that generally have a longer lasting positive impact on your life. When you embrace the doing, embrace the moment so to speak, then no matter the outcome you did win. You win the experience, you win the knowledge gained, you win. Even when it doesn’t turn out the way you hoped or the way it was expected and you ‘fail’ you actually win. Always coming out on top teaches you how to be on top. Struggling your way to the top provides moments of growth and opportunities to encourage others. The idea that sometimes things are worth doing because they are worth doing is a philosophy I work hard to wholly embrace. I’m getting there.
Your turn! Do you share the view that ‘some things are worth doing regardless of how they turn out.’?