The great English playwright, William Shakespeare, was inspired to write a play based on the life of Roman emperor Julius Caesar and titled it, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. It was introduced in 1599 for the first time in the Globe Theater, located in the Southwark district of London.

In a scene, at Caesar’s house, during a horrific thunderstorm with multiple strikes of lightning, Caesar is seen walking around in his night-gown complaining that nobody could get any rest, neither in heaven or on earth. Then Calpurnia walks in, and Caesar is surprised when she tells him not to go out of the house today. Proudly, Caesar tells her he has no fear because no one can touch or harm him. That is when Caesar uttered this line: “Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste death but once.1

How many times in life have you encountered people who thought they knew best and considered themselves as being above failure?  But then you saw them with their faces in their hands and tears running down their cheeks because they couldn’t believe what happened that caused them to fail, or miss the mark, or made a mess out of what they thought was a perfect opportunity. And because their dream or vision has suffered a mortal blow, they feel like they have died inside.

However, they need not be like the coward Caesar talked about. Instead, they can be valiant by taking their disappointment as a learning experience, stand up and boldly keep on going. After all, dreams and visions only exist in our imagination, so we actually haven’t lost just because they don’t come true the way we thought they would. That’s why we should consider them as seeds in our creative thinking. And as we know, when a seed is planted and dies, it can sprout again and indeed become the fruit we were looking for. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

1 William Shakespeare: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, (Act 2. Scene 2. Lines 34-35)

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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