Saturday, January 10, 2009

Frustration (Wet Shoes)

Wet Shoes
Frustration is a part of life. And I deal with it.

It's high tide again here in our place. After work, I usually walk home from the jeepney stop. Yesterday afternoon, when I was only 10 meters away from our house, I saw that the tide was already starting to rise in our street. I tried to tiptoe through but my effort was futile. The water was already high and my feet got wet. When I got home I immediately removed my shoes and socks and washed my feet (some of the water is from the sewage).

Has anything like this ever happen to anyone else? I managed to successfully avoid the water from getting in my shoes for the most part of the flood. But as I reached the end, as I made the last few steps toward dry land, that's when the water started to get in my shoes. I eventually gave up tiptoeing and just let my feet get wet.

To put in a more general context. My experience was about frustration. After giving my best effort on something, the end result was not exactly what I wanted. And the worst part was not that I failed, but that I almost succeeded.

My recent experience reminded me that frustration is a part of life. I have learned to accept this fact long ago. It helps me to just focus my energy on things that matter most to me.

As William Faulkner said:

People need trouble -- a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do; I don't mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance.

photo credit, Tazmany

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