Saturday, April 6, 2013

F is for Failure

broken and defeated
You've been beaten today. Work, school, romance, friendship, love. Somewhere, you've been beaten.

Broken and small, you have nothing to do but stare at your hands and marvel at the failed dreams, the broken promises, and all the petty mistakes you've made on the way to get to to this beaten broken place. The "what-if-I-had"s crowd your mind, torturing you with the things you could have done differently.

Maybe it was someone else that was just better than you, and that is how you were beaten. Maybe you were beaten because of your own choices. But, I'm not sure it really matters.  For you are broken either way and blame does nothing to change that.

But, being beaten and having failed are not necessarily the same thing. Being beaten is an occurrence. Something that happened.  But, failure... ah, failure is a state of mind. An attitude. A lack of hope. We can't always help being beaten. It happens.  But we can keep ourselves from being failures simply by standing back up.  Falling down is not the same as staying down.

We all fall.  But, the steadfast get back up. We try again. We live again.

16 comments:

  1. Love the difference between being beaten and failure. We don't have to live in failure, do we?!

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  2. Excellent and hope I can remember your words and the difference between beaten and failure for the day that I need them, as I know it will come.

    Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
    Visiting from AtoZ

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    1. They're ones I have to remind myself of, too. Hard to remember when you're in the midst of it sometimes...

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  3. Taking a break from Between the Keys and stopping by to say hello as part of the 2013 A to Z Blogging Challenge. Great blog and some reminders we all need from time-to-time.

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  4. Very inspirational. If I think about it, there are tons of people who are more successful than I am, but there are also tons of people who aren't as successful in any imaginable situation. So, I try not to think that I've failed (when it might appear that I've failed) at something, but just to view it as what it is. I wasn't the winner. Maybe I need to try harder. Maybe I need to learn more. Whatever.

    Great post!I'm your newest follower, via the A-Z blogging challenge. I look forward to reading your entire series.

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    1. Welcome! I'm delighted to have you... I always think of the quote from Finding Nemo that my kids love to quote: Just keep swimming!

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  5. Beautifully written. Never give up!!
    Connie
    A to Z buddy
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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  6. Excellent point between the two and one that I will intentionally teach to my son!

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