I’ve been working on a poetry project centered around hope. I have a poem I’ve written, and I’m creating pictures to accompany some of the verses. This particular verse is about failure.
I’ve never been put off by failure. Sound crazy? I don’t love it. No one does. But I’m also a believer that when you’re told “no” or just flat out fail, it’s God nudging you back to the right path. So even when I’m disappointed, I think, okay… what now? I do a lot of reflecting. I think a lot… probably too much… but it helps me put things in perspective.
Failure doesn’t necessarily mean you try again harder. It means you might decide on a completely different path, a new direction, not because you’ve given up but because when you failed you got insight that inspired you in a new way.
Here’s to hope!
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Cyndi L says
Since it’s hard to steer a ship that isn’t moving, I view failure as part of the learning process too, Cherie 🙂
That’s why you’re such a positive, encouraging soul, Cyndi!
Robbie payne says
Lovely piece…I’m sure your “failures” are few and far between. Some of us (ME!) don’t even realize when they have a failure!! Ignorance is bliss isn’t it!
Oh how I wish they were few and far between… LOL… but God is always teaching me along the way. I’m just a slow learner sometimes. Plus, maybe you are just trying out different things like Eileen said… not failing, just testing…
Cherie, I agree completely. I never would have set out on the path to make a living with my arts and crafts without a nudge from above. Nothing in my work life had had anything to do with art. My last career ended very painfully and I just threw up my hands saying, “I can’t do this anymore. What now, Lord?” It’s only in hindsight that I can see how clearly He was pushing me onto this path. I’ve never felt more fulfilled. From the biggest failure of my life came the biggest joy.
One thing I love about crafting is that there are no failures. It’s all one big experiment!
I love this: “From the biggest failure of my life came the biggest joy.”
YES! How encouraging, and you’re right, in crafting it’s all experimenting over and over until you find the right way.