Crisis and Victory

Continuing after defeat
Added: Sunday, 3 June 2007

watch original V-Blog in Persian

Have you ever worked really hard on something and it gets destroyed or obsolete? Like the other day I was so happy. I worked really hard on a segment for television and put a lot of effort into it, I was really happy when they told me they would show the piece. But on the day they were going to air it, the producers had technical problems and the whole thing was canceled. Now, I guess I can turn around and try and use it again for another station or incorporate it into a documentary that I'm busy creating. I can somehow salvage the effort that went into it. But there are times when this doesn't work.

For example a friend of mine is getting her PHD and receives guidance from her professor from time to time. However, lately her professor takes as long as 8 months to give her feedback. In the time that she's been waiting someone else has emerged and published the same thesis she was trying to prove. Now she's going to have to redo four years of research and hard work. Not only that, she turns around and comforts me by saying that it doesn't matter! She's proud that someone else has come to the same conclusion as her and that this will contribute to the progress of her specific field. How mature is that reaction? I can't imagine showing such grandeur myself.

Another person told me that they had finished a huge, time-consuming piece of art work, only to come to the studio one day and find it had all burned down. It happens to all of us, it's called crisis and it normally happens right after some sort of victory, big or small. But what to do? We must continue. When I look at those who are successful in life, I see that they have conquered defeat and press on, despite all odds. It seems that we have no choice but to brush of the dust and continue.

There was a story when I was a kid. I don't remember weather it was about Chengiz Khan or Tamur the great, but one of these emperors was faced with a big defeat and sought refuge in a cave. As he was sitting there, he watched an ant climb up the wall, trying to cross over the other side. Just as the ant got to the top of the wall it fell down to the ground. But immediately it began to climb again, taking many minutes to reach close to the top. Again the ant fell. This happened a good 100 times before finally the ant succeeded and crossed over. This gave the emperor great strength and he got up and continued with his battle. And that's all it is, continuing with the battle, accepting that victory is followed by crisis and resting assured that crisis is followed by victory.

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