A brief quote bears great possibility for inspiring the mind. Whether famous or not-so-famous, the often concise yet profound words of others catapult thoughts in new directions.
Take this one from JFK’s 1961 inaugural address: “Every accomplishment begins with a decision to try.”
At first read, I studied the idea of “accomplishment,” wondering if it meant heroic achievement. I settled more comfortably on something more quotidian choosing to believe that accomplishment can be as simple as the decisions we make to move us through time and space.
Ah. Then, in my quote dissection, I see JFK is way ahead of me. He clearly states that the origin of accomplishment begins with a decision. More specifically, a decision to try.
This sparked in me a deeply held conviction that trying is an attitude, or a spirit. If I try, I’ve already done far more than had I done nothing. I’ve acquired more information and greater perspective. Possibly improved understanding.
Without a give-it-a-try spirit, I invite defeat.
Whether JFK meant it this way or not, I read his words today – 60 years later – and interpret them as a message to humanity. We must embrace our humanness and try with all humility to improve ourselves and our world. More important, I think the essence of trying is perfected when done with an outward focus – working for others and being better for others.
The risk of defeat at the expense of others is too much. I must try.
Lynette Magnino As a free lance writer for almost 20 years and a communications professional within corporate and non-profit environments for the better part of 35 years, I put words to paper, tell stories and convey messages. Feature stories, press releases, brochures, newsletters, scripts, proposals, business plans and many other creative media represent the breadth of my "product" provided for healthcare services, educational systems, boards and associations, and faith/ministry organizations.