The Gift of the Journey – Failure
The other day I was at a restaurant looking out the window and watched a man on a skateboard waiting for a light to change. While he was waiting, he was practicing some trick that caused the skateboard to flip and he was to land on it. Over and over the skate board flipped and he never landed on it. He just kept doing the trick again and again with no “success.”
As I watched, I thought of a quote by Winston Churchill, “Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.” The word origin of enthusiasm is possessed by a god/inspired.
For the month of March our theme will be about journeying. My question for you is, is your current journey in life feeling inspired? One way to tell is how you handle failure. If the journey is all about pass or fail it may not be inspired from the start. What makes a journey inspired? Connecting to something bigger than yourself from the start. That could be God, Mystery, Spirit, Love, etc. It could be a belief or cause. If what you are journeying for is bigger than yourself there is never a failure. How it looks can change many ways from where you began, yet it is all about the bigger picture.
Here are some examples of those with inspired journeys.
Elizabeth Blackwell was rejected from 29 medical schools before being accidentally accepted to Hobart College. She became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. in 1849 and she helped a lot of people.
Walt Disney could not get a job as an artist and his brother had to get him a temporary job. His first animation studio went bankrupt. I think you know the end of that story.
The commercial for the Dyson vacuum talks about the 5,126 prototypes it took to get the vacuum we all have heard about today.
Even though these stories all seem to end with triumph, the back stories are still filled with ups and downs to this day. That is the gift of a journey–it keeps moving, whether things are going well or not. Something within you keeps you moving forward.
Feel free to share your stories of journey even when it looked like it was going nowhere.
May you have an inspired journey this week!