Failure?

Years ago, it was suggested that I say, “I have failed” instead of I’m a “failure” when I made a mistake. Why? It took me a while to understand why, but then I realized: The latter is a negative statement about me as a person and it sends a message of ‘cold prickles’ to my subconscious, while the former sends a message of ‘warm fuzzies’ to my
subconscious.

When we face chronic illness, the fear of failure (and sometimes failure) is quite real. We might fear that we are not being a good enough mother, wife, friend, writer, teacher or whatever we might do for a living. There are likely a host of other potential feelings of inadequacy or failures.

Below are a few quotes about failure that I find to be motivators and inspirational:
“The only real failure in life is the failure to try.”
“The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.”
“Failure is not an option.”
“God doesn’t give me more than I can handle; I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”

The word ‘failure’ is very emotionally charged and can be our friend or enemy. Below is a video which discusses how various people were initially considered to be failures, but that these very people went on to become historical greats.

Video from KarmaTube

Because you are LESS than what you’d like to be, what you’d expect of yourself, does NOT mean that we are failures. Our lives have simply steer a course than we had mapped out for ourselves. This is still a tough one for me to ‘wrap my head around’ but I get a lot of support from the disability community at the Disability Digest and their blogs and the people I meet online from all over the world. Check this out:

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    • Dear The Curvy, thank you for sharing your comments. I will most definitely place your website on my blogroll; I’ve already been there and I like the substance a lot. Annie

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