The Benefits of Failure

"Why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me." - J. K. Rowling

This may well be the most important task we undertake as human beings. We are taught that to fail is almost the same as to sin, to betray ourselves and others, and to lose sight of all that we are capable of doing. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we fail (or believe that we have failed) the true “us” surfaces. We suddenly know what is authentically important, we know what it will take for us to rise up and take that first step on a new journey, and we learn that those things in which we believe ourselves to have failed are not nearly as important as who we are. In failure, we, out of necessity, leave behind all that does not suit us, all that we were not meant to be. We come out of failure as new and changed people; and, if we love ourselves enough, with the courage of knowing what is most important in our lives. We fail because we try. Perhaps we should engage in more trying to experience the gift of failing. Namaste

Gentle Thoughts: Think back to a time when you believe you have failed at something, anything, no matter how large or small. How did it change you? That is the only question that matters.

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