03/22/2013 01:33 am ET Updated May 21, 2013

Day 22: 31 Days of Daily Inspiration From Brilliant Women

Daily Inspiration: Day 22 of 31 Days

"It's never too late to get back on your feet. Though we won't live forever, make sure you accomplish what you were put here for." -- Abigail Adams (politician and writer, 1744-1818)

Attempting to accomplish anything of significance will always incur numerous knockbacks and, more often than we might like, falling flat on one's face. Indeed, if you're currently involved in such a process and haven't experienced any face-planting lately, it's probably because you're not putting yourself out there very much -- you're hiding a little and playing it safe.

Learning to walk, my son must have fallen on his bottom hundreds of times but, of course, he was never embarrassed by the process. It's a pity we learn to feel ashamed of our "failures," that when we shoot for the moon and miss we feel a bit humiliated. I don't know why we do and I wish we didn't. I wish we felt extremely proud of our efforts, no matter the results, because anything that involves courage should be commended.

While walking the long and winding road to your heart's desires, it's very likely you'll have to pick yourself up over and over again. Very few of us have an easy and effortless journey to realizing our dreams. It does seem a little unfair that we have to go through so much face-falling in life. I'm not sure why this should be the case, but I chose to believe we're given challenges so we can learn to be courageous. Because, in terms of life lessons, nothing feels much better than being brave.

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