We fall down, but we get up

If you come from a country that does not have winter as it occurs in temperate zones, what can be more bizarre than snow and ice? When you see the flakes falling from the sky, what can you really expect to happen next? When you look at water frozen solid for weeks on end, you must despair wondering whether the dark days will ever end. But, what can be stranger than the kind of weather we often have in the Washington DC area during winter, with beautiful, sunny days, but temperatures near or below freezing point?

But grappling with the winter elements takes more than just hacking it through the snow, ice, gloom and doom. There is fun to be had in the winter elements. That may be hard to accept if you come from the tropics.

I watched a lady from Guinea, west Africa, try to tackle ice skating this afternoon. With no offence meant to her, it was pure comedy. It was probably easier to try to walk on water than it was to move on skates. She did well to hold onto the rail and make two rounds of the rink in 2 hours. I guess she can now tell her family that in addition to the many strange things she has witnessed in the United States, she has now been skating on ice.

But, she tried–and she had no good reason to bother–and for that she deserves enormous credit. She made a first attempt, and as is often the case, it was really hard.

When we read motivational material, we often come across phrases such as I read in a book I just borrowed from the library: “Many … have become sorely disappointed when they have not attained immediate success. Persistence is one of the most important qualities a … can possess.”

There is no end to the success that can come from trying. Falling down is how children learn to stand up straight and walk proudly.


About The Grasshopper

Professional international economist, recently retired from an international organization. I use blogging as a way of organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, and spent many years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for a few decades, and worked and travelled abroad extensively. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of girls. Also, married to an economist.
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