Hello My peaceful and loving friends,
I started looking at this idea of failing……
Whenever I think about “failing” at something, I compose this idea in my head that somehow, I will never get another opportunity to succeed. Failure has a tricky way of convincing us that we “can’t” go on or that we don’t have what it takes.
Every time I experience myself feeling like I am unable to continue, I am reminded of a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that talks about putting yourself out there: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
It is so easy to critique or analyze the actions of someone whom you think is doing something wrong or not “getting it right”. And everything I have learned about these types of people, is that often times, they are the ones who living inside of their ivory towers not risking anything of their own.
One of the things I choose to live by everyday is that I open my heart to the potential of great love and great pain. Because without one, the other cannot exist. I believe that failure is so vital to our growth, even though at times I can’t stand failing at anything, other times, I am encouraged at the idea that this thing that I attempted didn’t work and that its time to experiment with something else.
So today, when you are thinking over a past failure, or maybe even afraid of a future one, know that these ideas are essential to your growth and that you should welcome these lessons with open arms.
I love you my peaceful and wonderful friends!
– The Love Guru