In the end, it’s all a question of balance…

“The nectar that nurtured me turned me to poison.”

“Then what did you do?”

“What can one do in such circumstances?  Accept it and go on.  Please always remember that the secret of survival is to embrace change, and to adapt.  To quote: ‘All things fall and are built again, and those that build them are gay.’”

“Yeats?” guessed Maneck.

The proofreader nodded, “You see, you cannot draw lines and compartments, and refuse to budge beyond them.  Sometimes you have to use your failures as stepping stones to success.  You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair.”  He paused, considered what he had just said.  “Yes,” he repeated.  “In the end, it’s all a question of balance.”

~ Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance

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  1. Balance and using failure as stepping stones to the next venture: wonderful!


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