This is a photograph I took on a salt lake in South Australia, a place called Lochiel to be precise. It's called lake Bumbunga [funny name I know] and salt has been mined there since 1881, and still is today. The salt in the water causes that pink colour to come out sometimes, a chemical reaction of some sort, which gives the lank a bit of interest.
It has become somewhat of a tourist attraction with many people parking up at the very small town [population under 100 people] and taking a walk on the lake...When there is little or no water in it anyway.
I took this photo a couple of days ago. You can see the tracks made by some yahoo in a four wheel drive pictured above. See how the tracks are full of water? That's because the water seeps up from beneath the surface and what looks like solid ground is in fact more like quicksand. The hapless wanker that thought he'd drive onto the lake here and do some circle-work probably got a rude shock when the vehicle quickly sank into the surface. You can just make out the tracks up ahead where he/she powered on after the initial sinking. They stop there abruptly though and the vehicle went no further. It was probably a city-driver who knew no better as country people sort of know when circle-work on the lake is achievable.
I am a firm believer in applying the right attitude and persistence to everything I do however we need also to apply common sense as well don't you think? There's little point reaching a brick wall in a dead end street and banging one's head against it in an attempt to overcome the obstacle. The definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result after all. Better to learn from the information we have gained, to adapt and overcome.
Life will always throw challenges our way. Always. We know it, but not necessarily what that challenge will be or when it will present itself. What we do know however is that we can apply the right attitude, common sense, ownership, responsibility and effort into dealing with it with the view to overcome the challenge. Or we can admit defeat, the failure. I know which choice I prefer to make.
"Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing." - Denis Waitley
I like the quote above as it pulls no punches. It says that failure will come but should be seen as valuable information, a platform from which to launch our next attempt, rather than the end of trying.
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