Winston Churchill once said, “Kites rise highest against the wind.” What a beautiful picture he has painted for us of rising above adversity. I imagine a little blue kite rising higher and higher towards the sun, as the winds whip and batter it from all sides.
When life doesn’t turn out as we envisioned it, our human nature wants to get discouraged. There have many times, when I have crumpled to the floor in tears. “I give up!” I sob. “What is the point of trying, when I hit a brick wall at every turn?”
If I had let myself be defeated, then the story would have ended there on my kitchen floor. Benjamin Franklin tried hundreds of times to invent electricity, before he was successful. If he had thrown in the towel after two or three tries, how different would the world be for all of us? In the course of his experiments, Franklin invented the Franklin stove to help warm homes more efficiently. He invented bifocal glasses and even swim fins.
Thomas Edison created the first commercially incandescent light bulb. This was his goal. On the way to seeing his dream become a reality, Edison took out 1,093 patents. He invented the stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for electric cars, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures. The journey for Edison was even more important than getting to his goal.
Most likely, you are not an inventor! You are something even more important. You are a parent. Your baby might not be with you, yet he soon will be. Parenting is the most important job in the world. Edison, Franklin and Churchill could not have achieved all they did without loving parents to support them. They needed a foundation of care and respect to bring out the best in their characters.
Sometimes, we all feel like kites in the wind. Tragedy comes unbidden and it tries to push us to the floor. It is our responsibility to follow the path set out for us. Defeat is not an option. Rise up and let the wind that is pushing you down, lift you up to the sun! Be a kite that rises high. Your baby will be glad that you did.