Failure is Not Eternal…Until We Make it So

Alabaster Jar

Alabaster Jar

I have been thinking about failure a lot lately, as I have changed the location of my art studio and have begun to do some new things with my art.

At times, it can be difficult to venture out and try something new. It feels as if we have to be especially guarded and sharp trying to anticipate and correct any difficulties as they arise.

But one thing I am learning is that failure (because there has definitely been some along the way)is never forever and it is not eternal – unless we make it so.

A failure is a temporally-limited event. It is attached to a specific moment in time. That is it.

It is only we in our minds who pull the failure forward into the present moment with us and continue to experience it as if it were happening presently.

By doing this, we give failure an eternal edge and then wonder why we fear it so much.

For today, I hope you leave your failures behind in the moments when they occurred and free yourself to meet the present moment’s possibilities with joy and anticipation rather than a worry about “failing”.

19 thoughts on “Failure is Not Eternal…Until We Make it So

  1. Mistakes and failure don’t have much of a grip on me. I was once told a story (and have no clue if it’s true or not – and really, the details are fuzzy so I’m totally making up the incident, but the point is true, but anyway) about a person that worked at Coke-a-cola and how they pressed the blue button instead of the green button and it cost coke like $2 million dollars to fix his mistake. Knowing that he was about to be fired, the employee stood with his head down when called to corporate and mumbled, “I know you have to fire me, and I’m truly sorry about the mistake” and the Executive goes “Is that a mistake you would ever make again?” to which the employee answered “No sir”. The Executive answered, “then why would I fire you, I just spent $2 million dollars teaching you that lesson!”

    So, as long as I am learning from my failures, I am pretty much okay! I don’t feel the need to carry them forward.

    It’s like National Treasure taught me about Thomas Edison, he didn’t fail, he just learned 9,999 ways NOT to make a light bulb! 🙂

  2. I’m with Kate here.
    I don’t think of failure, I acknowledge something that didn’t work and then re-frame it to become an opportunity to regroup and learn from.
    Its our own expectations and attachment to the outcome that create “failures” in our mind.

  3. I like to think of failures as opportunities to make changes and grow. No one who is successful in life ever got there without using them as stepping stones. I wish you well in thinking more positively! 🙂

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