Today is National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day, a day set aside to move beyond past disappointments and setbacks.
In its oldest form, the proverb was “No weeping for shed milk,” first coined by James Howell in 1659. While the proverb has evolved, it still retains its original intent: One cannot change what is done and crying over it serves no purpose.
Here are my Go-To quotations whenever I encounter setbacks:
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. Aristotle
When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in. Kristin Armstrong
Life is all about setbacks. A life lived without disappointment is a life lived in a cocoon. People have recovered from far worse setbacks. Tony Clark
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. Thomas Edison
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King
The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way. Robert Kiyosaki
What do you do when disappointment comes? When it weighs on you like a rock, you can either let it press you down until you become discouraged, even devastated, or you can use it as a stepping-stone to better things. Joyce Meyer
The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality. Conan O’Brien
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.
Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it. Eliza Tabor
Do you have a Go-To quotation? Please share in the comments.