Samuel Morse’s first love was painting. He devoted much of his professional life to the study of painting, and applied many times for commissions, even to the point of applying to create a painting for the new United States Capitol. But it was not meant to be. The more he tried to keep his painting career going, the more difficult it became. So – he started tinkering with an other project, something called the telegraph. The timing could not have been more perfect, putting him in the path of a number of people who could provide him with the support and connections he needed to develop his project, and ultimately turn his career around. (Check out his story here)
Sometimes things just don’t work out the way we had hoped. And I am painfully aware of how discouraging that can be. But Thomas S. Monson put it best: “Our task is to become our best selves. One of God’s greatest gifts to us is the joy of trying again, for no failure ever need be final.”
If things aren’t coming together for you right now, in the way you’ve hoped for and worked for, and done everything you can for, I hope you’ll consider taking another tack. And just imagine – if Samuel Morse had become a successful painter, he never would have given us the Telegraph. And the history and availability of global communication would have been dramatically different.
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