Failure is something I know a lot about.
In fact, I’m kind of like Rosalind Russell who once said, “Flops are part of life’s menu and I’m never a girl to miss out on a course.”
I was floored yesterday when a friend confided in me that she and her husband were splitting up after almost 38 years of
marriage. You’d think after making it that long they’d stay the course.
But then, I remembered that my own marriage ended after 29 years. Aside from the sad disintegration of the family, it was the best thing in the long run.
I would never have been able to return to Starkville which I love as much as any man, and I can’t imagine the experiences I would have missed with old friends from the nearby “Point” where we grew up.
I would never have met new friends who mysteriously showed up at my door when I needed them most.
The old home I rescued would be in shambles by now and wouldn’t even have Rebel and Lucky Dawg!
Each of us is terrified of failure, but whether we risk it all or play it safe, we cannot avoid failure in our lives says Sarah Breathnach in her wonderful book “Simple Abundance.”
The thing to remember is that we can survive and will come out the other side with more pluses than minuses. The worst thing that can happen isn’t the failure, it’s not having taken the chance.
“I didn’t fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” ~Benjamin Franklin said. So there, go ahead and dare to have a failure – you’ll be in good company.