I tie no weights to my ankles. I have had subconscious failings that cost me some important things and people. Sometimes by losing the battle you find new ways of winning of the war.
Lately, such has been my story. I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. It is Winston Churchill who averred that success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it.You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time or any of your space.
That informed a crackpot decision I made earlier today. I emptied all the rooms of my house. I donated the furniture in my possession to the gracious lady who does my laundry. I donated my ward robe to some two young men I met in the streets. As I type this I am seated on the cold floor of a room with nothing but my clothes packed in bags.
She kept inquiring what had made me do that. She couldn’t believe that I was parting with some very pricy and precious items. Some neighbors thought I was moving to a new place.
I told my laundry lady that I am going to the stars and then past them.
I want to win glorious triumphs. I want to dare mighty things.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I have encountered to help me make the important choices in life. Almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things that just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is important.
It is important for me to heed to the lessons of failure. There is no innovation and creativity with failure. Failure is not final. It is the courage to continue that counts. It is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
I could have spent time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door, but I knew that isn’t the solution.
Maya Angelou encouraged failing. She suggested that it was necessary to encounter defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from and how you can still come out of it.
Life is full of screw ups.You are supposed to fail sometimes. It’s a required part of existence.
This is the only opportunity to more intelligently begin again. I am ready enough. I am finding compensation in that disappointment.
Eat humble pie. Have the resilience to face up failure, learn lessons and adapt from it.