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Two possibilities: failure or success.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

All you have to do is speak or read the word failure and see how it makes you feel.

The word failure puts forward a very simplistic way of thinking that allows for only two possibilities: failure or success. Few things in the universe are black and white, yet much of our language reads as if they are. The word failure signifies a paradigm in which all subtlety is lost. When we regard something we have done, or ourselves, as a failure, we lose our ability to see the truth, which is no doubt considerably more complex. In addition, we hurt ourselves. All you have to do is speak or read the word failure and see how it makes you feel.

At some point, the word may not have been so loaded with the weight of negativity, and it simply referred to something that did not go according to plan. Unfortunately, in our culture it is often used very negatively, such as when a person is labeled a failure, even though it is impossible for something as vast and subtle as a human being to be reduced in such a way. It also acts as a deterrent, scaring us from taking risks for fear of failure. It has somehow come to represent the worst possible outcome. Failure is a word so burdened with fearful and unconscious energy that we can all benefit from consciously examining our use of it, because the language we use influences the way we think and feel.

Next time you feel like a failure or fear failure, know that you are under the influence of an outmoded way of perceiving the world. When the world failure comes up, it’s a call for us to apply a more enlightened consciousness to the matter at hand. When you are consciously aware of the word and its baggage you will not fall victim to its darkness. In your own use of language, you may choose to stop using the word failure altogether. This might encourage you to articulate more clearly the truth of the situation, opening your mind to subtleties and possibilities the word failure would never have allowed.

So failure? NOT AN OPTION!
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    You and I are two peas in a pod then because all of my life I've been told you'll never amount to anything. Not by my folks but other family members and "friends" Those "friends" are no longer even "friends" by the way.
    You don't tell this girl she can't do something. I'll take that challenge every time and do just the opposite! emoticon And I'll kick your ass on the way through.
    1777 days ago
    What a fabulous blog! It is such a "paralyzer" be labeled or label yourself a failure. So many times in life I have been told for whatever the reason I would fail @ (fill in the blank) until I realized that is NOT how **I** feel.

    I remember like it was yesterday as a student nurse my academic counselor telling me I would never pass chemistry. Well, I went back to her @ the end of that semester with my "A" in chemistry and told her NEVER to tell me that again. All through the rest of my academic career I let her know my grades, and I ALWAYS passed and DID pass my nursing boards, and DID get my Masters Degree. I mailed her a copy of my copy of my Masters Degree when I earned it in 1985! Even got a response back from her congratulating me. That was worth it.

    1777 days ago
    emoticon emoticon positive all the way emoticon
    1778 days ago
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    1778 days ago
    Very well said. A good lesson for all.
    1778 days ago
    Another great blog! Well done!
    1778 days ago
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