When you feel pushed aside and lonely, never give up your hopes and your dreams.
Remember all great people who went through this hardship before you.
Remember those who have been imprisoned
Socrates (guilty of both corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of impiety), Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (in prison in 1922 and 1942), Saint John of the Cross, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nelson Mandela (27 years in the notorious Robben Island penitentiary), Vaclav Havel (had various stints in prison before rising to the presidency) …
Remember those who have “crossed the desert”
Moses and the Hebrew (during 40 years), Jesus (during 40 days), Mahomet (as a child), Abraham Lincoln (didn’t stop failing before becoming a president), Einstein (a failed scientist and an unknown 26-year-old clerk before his “miracle year” in 1905), Soichiro Honda (jobless for some time), Churchill (lost every election for public office until he finally became the Prime Minister at the ripe old age of 62), Charles de Gaulle (withdrew from political scene between 1946 and 1958), Herbert Von Karajan (lived in the Austrian Alps while his competitors “decimated themselves in the Viennese battle”)…
Remember those who have lost offspring, health, job, or property
Job, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (dismissal from a position as a court musician in Salzberg), Igor Stravinsky (first audiences of the Rite of Spring rioted, running the composer out of town), Henry Ford (after a series of flops and failures), Elvis Presley (“They told me I couldn’t sing”), Michael Jordan… …
Remember those who have been said that they would never succeed
Charlie Chaplin (Hollywood said he was a little too nonsensical to ever sell), Albert Einstein (thought to be mentally handicapped), Harrison Ford (movie execs said that he simply didn’t have what it takes to be a star), JK Rowling (twelve publishing houses rejected her first book), Oprah Winfrey (fired from her job as a television reporter because she was “unfit for TV”)…
The benefits of solitude
Einstein would regularly go for long walks, wander off to quiet cabins in the mountains, play his violin, or sail in the seas with his wooden boat to find serenity.
The modern cult of extreme activity teaches us that doing nothing at all is an unproductive strategy for lazy people.
Yet, it is during moments of crisis, silence and solitude that we can discover ingenious solutions to complex problems and make great decisions.
God has shown us, especially during Lent, how the Lord spent 40 days in the desert. And how the Cross made Him apparently ineffective, yet wonderfully fruitful in offering us Salvation.