Wednesday’s Wisdom

“It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” ― J.K. Rowling

I was feeling like a bit of a failure this morning. I guess everyone has those thoughts sometimes… don’t they? I’ve done my best as a parent (this is where my thoughts were earlier) but if I could go back and do it all again I’d make several changes. I searched online for quotes about failure because I know there are loads of good ones – I’ve seen them before. After reading several of them I started feeling better. I think part of my problem is that I see failure as the end result rather than part of the process. Then it becomes my identity. It’s faulty thinking, I know, and I’m trying to change it but even that is a process – bear with me.

Does failure bother you? Do you find it easy to pick yourself up and try again? Is it possible to be a parent and not feel like a failure sometimes? I’d love to hear what you think.

If anyone else is having one of those days, here are a few more good quotes that might help:

“Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” ― Nelson Mandela

“When you take risks, you learn that there will be times when you succeed, and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

“You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.” ― Barack Obama

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” ― Beverly Sills

“Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” ― Oprah Winfrey

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ― Michael Jordan

“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” ― Arianna Huffington

“Failure is success in progress.” ― Albert Einstein

“My grandmother once told me, ‘Don’t let failure go to your heart and don’t let success go to your head.’” ― Will Smith

“Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons from the failure. So that in the end, she didn’t fail at all.” ― Maya Angelou

I’m always reading something or other. Books, social media feeds, study notes, blogs and more. Recently I’ve become even more aware of how much wisdom I come across in what I read so I decided to share some of it with you. I’m honestly not sure how consistent I will manage to be with this or how long I’ll keep it up but I’m going to try. It’s all part of the growing I need to do.

23 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Wisdom

  1. I was just having this conversation yesterday with my sister, how I felt like a complete failure as a mother………..so many things I wish I could have done differently but too many things were out of my control yet, I feel as a mother I should have been in control of everything which is completely ridiculous. I am doing the best I can and I know you are too……..life is hard, being a parent is hard, and the comparisons in this world make it even more difficult. I hope today you feel a little peace as I am praying that God sends it to you……….

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  2. I am a huge advocate of failing. You don’t know anything till you’ve failed. Life is all about picking yourself back up again….because no matter what…life knocks you down

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    1. It sure does and I definitely learn more by failing than by doing things right first time! It just sucks that you don’t get a ‘do-over’ with your kids. Not that I really want to go back and start again! 😂

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  3. I hate feeling like I’ve failed! On the other hand, I realize that I set my expectations for myself at a high level than I do for anyone else, so I’m bound to fail more often. I’m trying to remind myself that failure just means having to take an extra step on the path of success. We all need to remind myself that we are doing the best that we can – that is, we don’t set out to fail – and learn to be proud of doing something to the best of our abilities even when it doesn’t “measure up”!

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  4. It’s those pesky high standards combined with the expectation that if you work hard at something, you’ll be rewarded by success. However, it’s one of those life ‘truths’ which simply isn’t necessarily the case. You have to find a different route to feeling happy with yourself and what you do in life – that is the challenge, it cycles around in me, but I also know it is worth the struggle because getting these values right for yourself and living by them is a place of freedom from conflict. Lovely post! and thank you.

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