Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
– Marilyn vos Savant
I was struck by this quote as I read it in The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women this morning. Think about what constitutes defeat: Rejection, criticism, negative comments – these are all external factors. These are not of us, they are what comes at us from other sources.
Giving up, however, is all internal. It is a choice, a decision we make. Our choice is what makes the “defeat” permanent.
This is something important to remember. As artists, we are all going to suffer defeat. We have a choice in how we respond. If we give up, we cannot point to anyone other than ourselves as the reason, no matter how much we might want to blame the defeat.
The images in today’s posts are from a Sunday excursion into Milan, using my phone camera for the current Mortal Muses theme. Visit me at Mortal Muses today to see another subway shot that captures something uniquely Italian.