I am borrowing a thought from my Notes From The Universe email this morning. I hope you all find this acceptable, but I thought it was a perfect point to accent halfway through our week. So here goes. No matter what happens in this life, there will always be things that are beyond your control. You need to see that you have not failed if you’ve done your best.
No matter what happens in this life, there will always be things that are beyond your control. You need to see that you have not failed if you’ve done your best. You are enough as long as you’ve tried.
Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. -Moshe Arens
You are not alone in making mistakes. We all do it. It is not a failure to fall short of our goals, the only true failure in life is giving up, or worse yet, not trying in the first place. If at the end of the day you can look in the mirror and tell yourself honestly that you tried as hard as you possibly could and you have given 110%, then you have not failed.
You hopefully have learned from your mistake in life right? This is success. Those shortcomings or missed targets only serve to teach us how to better aim in the future. Moshe Arens said that failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently and I believe that to be accurate.
For what would we know about at all if it had not been for our trying and falling down? We wouldn’t even be able to ride a bicycle if we gave up the first time we skinned our knees. We would never know love if it were not for our former heartbreaks. We would never have the mind-bending technologies we do had it not been for every misstep that lead to it.
Lets face it, failure at doing something can be discouraging, but it is just a first attempt in a long line towards learning. I’m paraphrasing Ram Dass here but the words are no less potent. You are not the sum of your failures, but the culmination of your success. So go big. Make mistakes. Fuck it all up. Take a deep breath and try again.
Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor. -Truman Capote