This week, instead of providing a bona fide recipe, I am going to share with you a Recipe for Life. It comes from blogger Lois and her blog
On Fridays, Lois does a wonderful post pointing her readers to blogs from which she has gleaned some joy, information, or a laugh from the previous week. This week, as one of her favourites, she featured a post by Paul Mark Sutherland called “Failure”.
This piece of philosophy, derived from Rehanna Moammadi really “spoke to me” due to a variety of things happening in my life right now–but I think it is just good general wisdom for all of us. So without further ado here is my prescription for life ~ when you think maybe you are on your last nerve, or close to the cliff:
Failure doesn’t mean you’re a failure
It does mean you haven’t succeeded yet.
Failure doesn’t mean you haven’t accomplished something,
It does mean you have learned something.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve been a fool,
It does mean you have a lot of faith.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve been disgraced,
It does mean you were willing to try.
Failure doesn’t mean you don’t have it,
It does mean you have to do something in a different way.
Failure doesn’t mean you’re inferior,
It does mean you’re not perfect.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ve wasted your time,
It does mean you have a reason to start fresh.
Failure doesn’t mean you should give up,
It does mean you should try harder.
Failure doesn’t mean you’ll never make it,
It does mean it will take a little longer.
Failure doesn’t mean God has abandoned you,
It does mean he has a better way.
These words are not magic, but they can have that effect if you let them. Even if things did not work out the way you wanted them to, you have learned something–but the line I liked the best is that failure doesn’t mean you don’t have it, it just means you have to do something in a different way. This line gives me bliss.
What line in Moammadi’s wisdom speaks to you and puts you on the road to bliss?