Initially the topic of failure sprung while speaking to a coworker. She mentioned how our inherent tendency to dwell on past failures was part of natural selection. In ancient and rural cultures the ability to remember what paths, animals, foods, etc. weren't safe kept us alive. So now thousands of years later of course we still hold onto the memory of where we have fallen or been wronged, for survival. We all know the saying "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice... (shame on ME)". However, in this day and age this mentality is often seen as pessimistic, "KEEP HOPE ALIVE", "FORGIVE AND FORGET" "NEVER GIVE UP"... Does the skill of remembering your shortcomings/potential threats and adjusting your life to protect yourself run the risk of crippling our hunger to change things, forcing us into a complacent depression or even worse, ACCEPTING DEFEAT.
lack of (initial) success.
"Failure to communicate." "Failure to thrive." "Failure to persevere."
steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
"... but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance"
It would seem there is always a line, some see this line as a wall, the latter a fence. Social Media has recently showcased many truths about how "far" we have come as people. Now this may seem absurd... Still, in my understanding we as humans are incapable of truly changing, unless forced. Some of us are lucky enough to experience life changing events that do not completely kill our spirits and sully our entire outlook on life. They end up fueling us to do better, to PERSEVERE. The fact is most of these life changing events come from extreme personal failure and the mercy or grace we experience coming out of it. But in the end it is our choice. We either choose to give up, with justifiable reference of course or we choose to SHOW UP, again and again... and again. To do better, be better, try harder and smarter than the last time...
Failure is an integral part of the human experience, it IS the engine that pushes us forward. It is what tells us where we are in life and how much we can grow from there.
The only real failure comes from the acceptance of it...
Are you committed to keep trying??