And I quote: Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash, February 1959

Singer and songwriter Johnny Cash had a big influence on music in the US for decades, though not so much in genres that I pay attention to. Still, I tend to recognize his voice, and can call to mind various of his songs. I did not anticipate including him in a post, but then I ran across this quote:

“You build on failure. You use it as a steppingstone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

Though perhaps not sublime prose, these admonitions still leave me with questions that all begin with how. For instance, how do I keep mistakes from having any of my energy, or any of my time, or any of my space?

In some ways, I wonder if breaking out of Folsom Prison wouldn’t be easier.

[Image: Don Hunstein @fanpop]

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