Failure is a Gift

Q: Which is worse, failing or never trying?

A.  Having messed up a lot in my life I have a bizarre relationship with failure.  Although it's familiar to me, it remains uncomfortable.  Although it's inevitable (from time to time), I don't dread it.  Although it messes with my pride, I've learned to embrace it.

Failure has been (and will probably continue to be) one of the most motivating teacher I've encountered.  It sands away the rough edges of my inflated sense of self and points me in a better direction.  Failure challenges the ultra competitive part of me to try, try again.  It's a step on the path toward slow, steady and lasting change.  Failure is a gift.  Failure opens my eyes and recalibrates my intentions.  It points me toward my utter dependence upon God. 

It isn't safe.  It isn't comfortable and it's rarely fun.  But, it isn't scary.  For me, failure is a part of living. {Check that, failure is a part of L-I-V-I-N.}  And I never want a life that I'm not "livin'".

Undoubtedly, failure is much more preferable to me than never trying.  Failure answers, "What If?" in a way that never trying never could.  I'd much rather look back on a life full of adventurous, life altering, fall on my face failures than years spent safely and quietly never trying.

Your turn... Do you typically play it safe or fall on your face?

As part of my Day Zero Challenge, I've pledged to answer 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind. Today I continued my mind opening journey by tackling question number two.  For more information or to answer the questions yourself visit Marc & Angel Hack Life.