“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas A. Edison
This is one of my favorite quotes because why not? I have felt like this more than I can remember. The message behind it so poignant – don’t give up. It is a great pick-me-up for when I feel I have given it my all. It doesn’t allow me to succumb to failure.
There have been times I have felt like giving up but figured I could try one more time. As a fighter jet maintainer it was this dogged approach that helped me troubleshoot. Personally, I felt it made me a better maintainer because it forced me to learn.
When it comes to parenting, same thing. My husband and I learned more by trial and error than reading a book. Our success wasn’t always immediate but that wasn’t the point, we kept trying. When they couldn’t breathe in the middle of the night because of the congestion, when they were colicky, when they had diarrhea, when they were teething, when they were so tired they cried and cried, when they had the worst diaper rash – we survived it because we didn’t give up, as parents we couldn’t.