Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means a waste of time.
If you can get some stuff done in the chaos sometimes, god bless you. If you can basically hold it together, propping yourself up with duct tape and glue, rock on. If you can manage stay upright even one hour a day, you’re doing pretty great, as far as I’m concerned. And if you can be kind to the other stumbling fools around you half the time - well, that’s just heroic.
I’m talking to anyone who’s been dumped, not gotten the job you really wanted, or received those horrible rejection from grad school. You know the sting of losing or not getting something you badly want. When that happens, show what you are made of.
Here is what I’ve learned: We may live in an age of instant messaging, instant gratification, and Instagram, but there is no way to short circuit the path to success. It takes hard work, tenacity and patience. There are many things you can do overnight. You can write a decent paper. You can put the finishing touches on a runway show. I hear you can even have a pretty good time at Roger’s Pub. But there is no such thing as an overnight success.
Tory Burch: “My fellow entrepreneurs.” Babson College, May 17
I’ve seen so many people hold themselves back. I’ve seen them lower their hands rather than keep them up and I’ve seen them lower their voices when they should speak up. I’ve seen over and over again how much self belief drives outcomes, and that’s why I force myself to sit at the table even when I’m not sure I belong there… And when I’m not sure anyone wants my opinion, I speak up anyway.
Sheryl Sandberg, addressing graduates of City Colleges of Chicago
Things didn’t work out because, well, greater things were in the works. It’s so difficult while we’re blind and hurting and don’t know which way is up. But, if you have faith in anything, have faith in the fact that the universe has a beautiful way of straightening things out far better than we ever could. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful– or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to.