Sunday, September 27, 2009

On whining

You know how it goes, right?... "oh I can't because", "it's too hard because"... the all too common rationalizations for accepting failure.

I have news for you. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the best French impressionist painters, developed rheumatoid arthritis. This is a painful, joint degenerating disease for which there is no cure. Nevertheless, he continued painting for close to 30 years until his death. If that meant needing help getting a brush to his hand, so be it. How absolutely wonderful. But also, how easy it is to forget how much pain and sheer effort went into creating his unique paintings, isn't it? So, next time you are stuck with a tough problem, or a difficult situation, just remember those who, like Renoir, exercised their will to see their desires come true.

Life is too short. Enough with the whining, already.

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