Have you heard of the Fox and the Grapes story from Aesop fables?…. Well maybe you know it better as the grapes are sour story……. If you haven’t….. well it goes something like this……
One hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard when he came close to a bunch of ripe juicy Grapes hanging just above him on a vine.
“Just the thing to quench my thirst,” he said….
Drawing back a few paces, he came running towards them and jumped….. He just missed the grapes…..
He turned around again and “One, Two, Three”….. he jumped up, but with no greater success.
He tried again and again, but at last had to give it up, and walked away by saying “I am sure they are sour.”……
Moral of the story – “It is easy to despise what you cannot get”
This was drilled into my head…. Never ever give up and if you do its your fault, all your fault…. Maybe you weren’t good enough or maybe you didn’t try hard enough…… Maybe you never deserved it…
Well nobody tells you that it takes a lot of guts to admit you failed and walk away from something. Not because you were not good enough or didn’t try hard but because you couldn’t achieve it despite giving your best. It didn’t happen not cause you didn’t deserve it but cause you deserved something better.
Most of the achievers in today’s world faced a lot of rejection before they came to be the people they are today. Maybe if they had achieved success in their earlier attempts we might have never heard of them.
Its ok to let go of something, you are not giving up. Giving up is when you stop something because you are too scared to follow through. The key here is that the Fox tried AGAIN and AGAIN… You are still in pursuit of something, you are just redefining it for yourself. If you cant climb a wall find a way around it and you might just find that the wall has a gate.
There’s nothing wrong in being bitter about it for a while. But eventually you will realize that you left the Grapes not cause the grapes were sour but because there were sweeter grapes waiting for you around the corner!