Responding to Failure

Responding to Failure


“A righteous person may fall…but he gets up again.”               Pr 24:16 GWT

You can tell a lot about somebody by how they respond to life. Everybody gets knocked down, but how fast you get up again is what counts. Verla Gillmor says: “Failure teaches us things we can’t learn any other way…Treat it as a visitor allowed to deliver unpleasant news, but don’t let it take up residence. Remember, all failures aren’t equal. For example, when a beautiful, talented young woman is first-runner-up in the Miss America Pageant, we say she failed. Yet some people would give their right arm to be named the second most attractive female in a national competition. It’s a matter of perspective… [examine] your failures and weigh them according to their importance in the overall scheme of things…I once received a ‘D’ in college…it’s ridiculous, but that sticks in my mind like a pebble in my shoe. Why do I fixate on that and not the fact that it happened the semester I carried nineteen credit hours, worked part-time, got engaged, and spent six weeks in the college health center with mononucleosis? When I put the experience in context, it loses its power to undermine my confidence. Failure teaches us what’s important. I’ve a friend who was downsized out of a job…It caught her by surprise because she was good at her work. ‘I tended to be full of pride,’ she says. ‘I got away with it because I was so successful. Losing my job…humbled me. With pride you have no permission to fail. It’s a heavy yoke…and I don’t wear it any more. I feel lighter in my spirit without the burden of having to be perfect.’”

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1. Christy wrote:
Wow!! Talk about reading what you needed to hear.. I am a Mother of 4 and a housewife and this was PERFECT!! I feel like printing it out and putting it in a frame.. It put me in tears because sometimes I feel under appreciated, I feel like sometimes people dont realze what a hard job it is as well as a rewarding but this sai it all to my heard,,Thankyou, for posting this..GOD does know what we need, and need to hear

Thu, June 13, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

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