August 27, 2011

Success, Failure, & Finding the Nerve

Just a little bit of inspiration for you today (I know, I know, I have a tendancy to blather...).
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts." -Sir Winston Churchill-
I cannot tell you how much this sixteen word phrase means to me, particularly the middle bit about failure.  The past few years of my life seem to be rife with failure upon failure:
  • Temporary teaching contracts that never went anywhere (both incumbents returned) and a teaching degree that with each passing day feels more and more like a colossal waste of time and money (Fail)
  • The subsequent two-year long hunt across three provinces for another teaching position when teachers are getting laid off by the dozens (applied for over one hundred jobs without a single bite--Epic Fail)
  • The Special Constable position with the local police that was supposed to be 'my new career until retirement' that just didn't pan out (Turns out my tolerance for working with snotty, catty women in a small room for 12 hours at a time, is especially low--Fail)
  • Reaching my thirties, married but still without children, unemployed, and still renting--sounds like a bad Country tune (Fail, Fail, and more Fail)
It would be easy to get hung up on all of this, to allow myself to wallow in self-pity and misery, and believe me sometimes I do give in to it.  But the truth is, I have it FAR better than so many other people in this world.  I can still pay my bills, I have a husband and family who love me, food on my table and a roof over my head.  This is where 'the courage to continue' comes in.  There is no time like the present to take chances.  I can choose to see all of the things I don't have as failures, OR I can choose to view them as opportunities in disguise.  With this in mind, I decided to embark on this wonderful journey called Writing.  I never made time for writing before because too many other things were in my way, but also because of one main thing: I simply lacked the courage.  I had no idea what I was missing... 

Here's to learning from our failures, rejoicing in our successes whether big or small, and to finding the courage to continue.

P. S. This song ("Good Life" by OneRepublic) never fails to brighten my day, to help me see the glass as half full rather than half empty.  I really don't have much to complain about...



  1. Great post! I don't like to think of things in life as "failures" but just road bumps that temporarily delay success.

    Also, I’m a new follower—wonderful blog! Stop by my blog and follow me too? :)

  2. Hey Rachel, thanks for joining and thanks for the encouragement! I'm heading on over to your blog right now :)

  3. Awesome post. And very inspiring. Whenever I get down about where my writing is (or is not) going, I think of JK Rowling. And Abraham Lincoln. And make my motto "tenacity."

  4. Tenacity...I like it! Abraham Lincoln just rocks :)


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