Have been thinking about failure of late. So many quotes about failure that get us to consider failure for the teacher it is.
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
― Thomas Edison
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
― Winston Churchill
“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
― Truman Capote
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston Churchill
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou
All of these are powerful reminders that failure is to be heeded, remembered.. and even honored. I got to thinking about how really failure IS required for us to have a fulfilled life. And as such, I am not sure we should spend a whole lot of time trying to avoid it per se. I am not sure that we actually live well without allowing failure to walk along side us.
When I look back in my own life, there are big mistakes, small mistakes, light mistakes and deep mistakes. If I just focus on the mistakes and failures in my health, I can remember quite a few. And with each memory there is an emotion, a feeling, a realization that has stuck with me. I think if I were to decide to spend my life trying to avoid a failure, I would live life too carefully. I think if I live life fully, mistakes are the necessary walking partner to help me enjoy life more fully, to live more deeply, to think more abundantly.
A healthy appreciation for the potential of mistakes is liberating and life-saving. I think that I can honor my mistakes by treating them as I do a medal in a race - with a smile of something accomplished, not as a badge of disappointment and a reason to beat myself up.
So, here's my cup raised to living with failure as my companion who helps me live life more fully. Failure just IS.
Quote of the day
“We are all failures- at least the best of us are.”
― J.M. Barrie
MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)
PHOTO OF THE DAY: My Mountain