We Are Not Our Failures

Failure is a hard thing to come to terms with. We look at it as something that defines who we are. It doesn’t. We are not our failures any more than our successes.

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I recently heard about someone who is near and dear to my heart. This person, I was told, thinks himself a failure. I was surprised to hear this. I do know of a rough time in his life but we all have those. To be a failure is to stop engaging in life. The events that took place in the life of his family came about because he was brave enough to chase his dreams which most of us never do.

We are not our failures. 

“People who achieve their dreams usually experience a lot of failures along the way, but they don’t let failure get the better of them” states John Maxwell. Failures are temporary, isolated events; simply a part of the process.

In order to be a success you have to make time to think. How many of us in our western culture make time to think? If thinking is required to be a success, no wonder we have so many failed attempts. If thinking was an daily part of the American life then everyone would be a success.

“Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievements.” Claude M. Bristol. Plato said “Take charge of your thoughts”, which has its origins in the Bible as well.

I guess I took this failure thing a little personally. I have tried different things and they have failed. It is hard to separate the act from the person, especially when you are the person who committed the act that failed. I am in great company. i.e. Colonial Sanders, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and the list goes on. I take comfort in the fact that I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses who are cheering me on.

Today I will brush the dust of failure off my shoulders and continue on, because we are not our failures.

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