by Kit Grant
“A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.” … Anonymous
How many people could have reached a goal and become successful if they had just kept going even one more time. Most people experience failure as a huge roadblock preventing them from moving on. The successful people just regard failure as another step in the much bigger process. Keeping going when times are tough is the sign of a winner and your success rate will increase as you persist.
It’s July already and that means half of the year is already gone! Here in Calgary the last two weeks have been something to witness first-hand. The city underwent its worst flood in history with more than 100,000 people evacuated (just under 10% of the entire population). Some folks are still not back in their homes two weeks after the event. The amazing outpouring of help from volunteers who have assisted total strangers to retrieve what could be saved from flooded basements and entire houses displayed a great sense of community spirit. Many have lost everything and it will be a long time before anything approaching normal is realized by those who have neither home nor belongings. Insurance claims may take months or years to settle and many dwellings and some commercial buildings are beyond saving and will just be torn down. It’s a real blow to the city and yet encouraging to see so many with so little still having such high spirits and optimism for the future. It will also hopefully change the way new developments are built so that any future floods will not have the same devastating effects.
Despite the floods, the Calgary Stampede starts tomorrow. Billed as the “Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth”, it regularly attracts more than a million visitors. While attendance may be down this year because of recent events, it will still be 10 days of great fun and enjoyment for locals and visitors alike.
Hope you are all having a great summer (or winter for those SILVER Members from the Southern Hemisphere). Remember — if it’s not fun, stop doing it!