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The Monday Morning Quotes began in 1998; first thing each week I sent a quote to a small group of friends and allies as an inspiration for thought or even dialogue. Sometime in 1999, as the list of recipients grew, I started adding my own thoughts. By 2001, there were hundreds of people receiving the quote and my reflections each week. I will continue to add to the archive here from both directions-–newest ones and older ones. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #615 - #UnDefeated

21 Apr, 2014

"Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in the face of certain defeat."

Ralph Ellison

"While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated."

Maya Angelou

"The moment you decide there is no such thing as defeat, you will never feel defeated again, rather--you will feel challenged to find new ways to succeed."

Kasey Jean Noll

Being defeated and feeling defeated are two different things, aren't they?

The angle from which you view each moment makes such a difference in how you take it in, how you understand it, what you do about it.

And I get it, I do--defeat is always temporary, a step in the process--maybe even when you die--always temporary, as long as you understand it as such. You are always moving forward, growing, creating something, building something, learning something, honing something, defining something.

So when we get depressed, it's like an illness--we have to "recover" from the narrow perspective of defeat, despair, hopelessness--recover enough to see that it's just another point of discovery, where something waits to be understood and learned, re-assessed, re-worked, to continue on the journey. We have to recover enough to understand, to believe again, that the only defeat is in giving up completely--and that victory is in continuing the journey itself, much more than it is any individual accomplishments or rewards.

I get it. I get that despair is like an illness. And I have come to treat it much like an illness.

But it doesn't always feel that way.

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