I'm Elizabeth and God designed me to be an encourager, a dreamer, a story teller and most importantly, a Kingdom builder.
Back on September 1st I declared that I would be blogging every day in September. Well guess what? That didn’t happen. NOT. EVEN. CLOSE. In fact, September turned out to be so busy that I only posted a handful of times in the entire month. So in a nutshell, I failed. Miserably. But here’s the cool thing… I’m proud of it. Yep, your read-me-right. I’m proud of it. I’ve spent the last 28 days as busy as a bee. Between shooting weddings, portraits, an event with Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Special Olympics, designing 5 albums, finishing 3 website designs and taking my daughter to California to surprise my dad for his 61st birthday… I just never had the time to fulfill my blogging challenge. So I could get frustrated… or I could give thanks. Thanks that I am able to do something that I love each and every day. Thanks that I am blessed with an amazing and supportive family. Thanks that tomorrow morning I’ll be headed to the airport and to Rome, Georgia for the first ever Pursuit 31 Conference. Today I am full. Full of thanks.
I’d still like to complete a 30-in-30. Maybe it’s because I’m more likely to complete that than I am to ever complete a marathon. Maybe it’s because I like a challenge and I like to win. Maybe it’s because Melissa Jill dared me to do it. Okay, she didn’t technically dare me… but the she raised the challenge. So we’ll see. Maybe my new goal should be to complete that 30-in-30 by the end of 2012.
You know who else failed? Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison the list goes on and on. These famous people who had such an impact on the world failed plenty of times. They had some fantastic failures. But the truth is, they got up every time they got knocked down. They learned from every failure. From every shortcoming. One of my favorite quotes about failure comes from the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball, Michael Jordan. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
One thing I didn’t fail at this week was getting my hands on a new Apple iPhone… which is probably because I got up at the crack of dawn on September 14th to pre-order one. But even unwrapping my lovely new iPhone from it’s pristine packaging made me think about failure. Even Apple has failed. They had epic failures that almost dug their company into a hole they couldn’t climb out of. But they did. Can you imagine what the world would be like without iPhones, iTunes, iPads? If they hadn’t tried one more time, we wouldn’t have those devices.
When I opened my new iPhone this week I thought of the Apple “Manifesto” that was part of the “Think Different” campaign that Apple released in 1997. I’m glad I live in a world where even if you fail, you can still succeed. In fact, you’re better off for the failure… because it pushes you towards the success.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
– Apple circa 1997
I keep ALL of my Apple boxes… every single one. I just can’t seem to part with them. They’re far too lovely to meet a sad fate in a landfill. And now I know I’m not alone. I posted the above image on Facebook this week and multiple people commented that they too keep their Apple boxes.
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