“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
~ Thomas Edison
During the California Gold Rush, there was a man who sold all he had and bought a gold mine. He worked for many months and found nothing. Finally, in frustration he gave up and sold it to people in the East. Several years later, the new owners decided to check the mine for gold. They found the rusted pick where the old miner had abandoned it and the lantern where it had sat when it went out. They started to dig, and before long they found gold! They had dug only six inches. The old miner had been six inches short of the gold! Moral of the story: never give up on life! Sometimes mining gold (and living life) can be harder than expected, obstacles will get in the way, tools will break, but we must forge on because life’s value is not measured in moments but in a lifetime of work and achievement.