Do Not Live in the Shadows of the Past


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The image is from The Unfathomable Power of Amor Fati – Thrive Global – Medium.

In 1914, a fire broke out in the laboratory of the world-famous inventor Thomas Edison. Seeing that all the research was about to go up in flames, Edison’s son looked around anxiously for his father. Unexpectedly, he found that Edison, with his white hair fluttering in the wind, was watching the fire calmly in the crowd, like someone completely unrelated.

The son breathlessly said to him,: “The laboratory will soon burn, what should we do?”

Edison, said calmly,

“Go and get your mother. This fire is a once-in-a-lifetime event.”

The next day, Edison faced his laboratory in ashes and said:

“Thank God, the fire burned all my mistakes, and I can start over.”

Edison forgot what had happened, rebuilt his lab, and successfully invented the phonograph three months after the fire.

 It is easy to live in the shadows of the past and forget the sunshine in front of you.

一九一四年,舉世知名的發明大王愛迪生的實驗室發生大火,

眼看著所有的研究成果即將付之一炬,愛迪生的兒子焦急的四處找尋父親,

意外的發現到滿頭白髮隨風飄揚的愛迪生,竟然也躋在人群中平靜的觀看大火,

好像身旁無關的群眾一樣。

兒子氣喘吁吁的對他說:「實驗室就快燒光了,該怎麼辦呢?」

愛迪生卻只是表情平淡的說:

「去把你母親找來,這樣的大火真的是一輩子難得一見。」

隔天,愛迪生面對化為灰燼的實驗室說:

「感謝上帝,一把火燒掉了所有的錯誤,我又可以重新開始了。」

 愛迪生忘掉大火,重建了他的實驗室,並成功的在大火之後三個月發明了留聲機。

人總是容易活在過去的陰影中,而忘了眼前的陽光.

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