Think about some of the great innovators of the last century like Thomas Edison and Wilbur and Orville Wright. I used to keep one of Edison’s quotes on my desk for inspiration: I am not discouraged by failure because each one brings me a step closer to success. Just for the record, think about what this man invented: the electric light bulb, motion picture camera, the phonograph, to name three. He also suffered from severe hearing loss due to scarlet fever and a brutal beating he received as a youth. Wilbur and Orville are another good example of that old, American stick-to-itiveness. (That’s a word you don’t hear much anymore.) The Wright brothers were so certain they could get their contraption to fly that they kept trying over and over until they finally made that fateful ninety seconds in the air. Things kind of took off from there.
For all the great inventors and innovators we can point to, there are also examples of those who thought outside the box and failed miserably. I’m tempted to cite our politicians in Washington as we continue to slide toward the fiscal cliff everybody’s talking about. It’s interesting to watch them as they blame each other for the country’s economic problems. In this case, I’d like to seal them all up inside a box and not open it until they’d learned to work together to get something done. I’m hoping by the time you’re reading this the whole thing has been solved. As I write this, we’ve still got a couple days left.
But I’m being a bit pedantic, aren’t I?As if all the world’s problems could be solved simply by a box. Still, it would be nice to be able to box up ignorance, prejudice, hatred, violence, and all those other nasty things, wouldn’t it? But didn’t they try that once? I remember reading something about this chick named Pandora . . .