365 Challenge: Day 347 – Defeat

Defeat: win a victory over (someone) in a battle or other contest; overcome or beat


“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.”–Marilyn vos Savant

Note: I found the quote at this site.

Today’s 365 Daily Challenge is a short message for two reasons: (a) I have been offline for a few days and have a lot to catch up on but I will not worry about getting it all done, and (b) a few friends are battling some issues today and I want them to know defeat is not the answer. To expedite the word choice, I executed one of my infamous Google searches. Luckily, nothing bad returned this time, but I did stumble upon the website that I included as a link above. The quote I chose was the inspirational quote for today, February 27th. When I saw the word defeat, I knew it was appropriate. Whether we’re battling being sick, tired, re-entry, or just having too much to do, understand that defeat is not the answer. Take it slow. Don’t stress as it makes the situation worse. Just know a few things you can accomplish in the time you have available and let the rest go. Don’t watch the clock to get more done than you planned. It’s life. Relax and enjoy. And that’s my only simple message for today.


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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  1. Wise advice. I used to be bothered by unfinished work, unrealized goals, short and long term. However, i learned long ago life doesn’t end when I cannot finish something. Today, there must be some pleasure to offset the worry. Now I don’t even do that. I congratulate myself for what I’ve accomplished. In doing so, I never feel defeat any longer. All I feel is glad I’ve accomplished as much as I could.

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    • You have the wise advice in this comment. Thank you for sharing. I think it will help many readers of the post! I’m glad you shared it, as well as found the way to deal with it in your own life. You’ve accomplished a lot just as a writer and artist from all I’ve seen.


      • Thank you, James. Something most curious is that in my past, I was filled with negative thoughts like What if i don’t get everything written, or painted, or photographed, before I leave this life? What if? What If? This is one of the most debilitating thoughts and attitude a person can have. I had to overcome that. Something that helped me, a friend said as long as we make every day count and you give thanks for what we’ve accomplished (no matter how little or how much), then we’ve actually exceeded our own expectations. To that I would add that Providence lent a big hand in my life. You know that saying? If you take the first step, Providence steps in to lend a hand. Believe it! When you take the first step, everything begins to snow ball and you’re going to end up on a wild and fulfilling ride.

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  2. Ummm… you forgot to add something in your post about defeat. You, the master of boardgames, were defeated, horribly, in a very simple game of Uno. Just didn’t want you to forget about that! 😉 no thank you is necessary. Glad to help.

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    • I see you are still confused about how the scores in Uno work. The image clearly showed I had over 500 points. The rules in Uno clearly say the first to 500 is the winner. I appreciate your help, as always, for pointing out the proper rules and agreeing with the confirmation I won. 🙂

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      • You know that when we started the game, no one could quite remember the exact rules. We made a decision together that the person with the highest score was the loser. Telling the truth is very important J. But, if you can live with yourself…

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      • Keywords, “by the rules of the game “! We did not play by the rules of the game. Therefore, you were crushed! (And yes, maybe I miss you a little! 🙄)

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  3. Really liked this Jay .. and really relate to your message. I think having daily mini goals is more than kinda cool. Its given me an idea for myself right now. Baby steps to reach the ultimate goal (a finished manuscript) should be enjoyable and taking the guilt away from the occasional uncompleted goal is healthy (is uncompleted even a word??)

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