Mini-Bible-Philosophy-Worldview Study (8) Of The Day- On Dealing With Failure
Verse Of The Day
It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (Lamentations 3:22)
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”- Marie Curie
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”- Michael Jordan
“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”- C. S. Lewis
Questions For Discussion
Are you self-aware enough to acknowledge failure and weakness?
What was your biggest mistake and what did you learn from it?
If you are searching for or failing in your faith, what will you do next?
He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail. (Job 7:15)
Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return?” (Jeremiah 8:4)
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; [sic] (2 Corinthians 4:9)
Commentary- On Coming Up Short In Life
Craig note- Money matters in life, and it matters even more when you live abroad.
On Being 20 Yen Short
20 yen. That’s the amount of money that stopped me from getting through the ticket gate last weekend. Typically, I use my train pass, but I knew I was running low on funds on my card. So, I bought a ticket.
I threw some coins into the ticket machine, and I pushed a button.
My train was coming, so I grabbed the ticket without bothering to look at the printed amount. I arrived at my local train station, and I put the ticket into the ticket gate.
The bell sounded, and the gate closed before me. I assumed the ticket machine had malfunctioned.
I tried the ticket once more, but again the gate closed before me. Finally, I walked over to the office next to the gate.
The train staff informed me I was 20 yen short.
I quickly rifled through my pockets. I pulled out my cell phone, three used tissues, four empty gum wrappers, and one ten yen coin.
This did not please the train staff.
In a bit of a panic, I pulled out my wallet. I opened a small pocket, and I took out my emergency 500 yen coin. The train staff took my money, and I was on my way to my home after a long day of work.
None the worse for wear.
On People Who Find Big Life Success And Those Who Don’t
It got me thinking about how, “close in life” is often not nearly good enough for most people to find “real” success. But, to be sure, I know people who have reached huge levels of professional and personal success.
Truly, the number of folks I know who have reached their life dreams and goals is astounding.
And, of course, I know a fair number, too, who have fallen short in their personal and professional lives. No doubt, there are some who are nowhere near reaching whatever lofty aspirations they have set out for themselves.
Sadly, there is a tendency in modern society to espouse “everybody’s a winner.” And, that is a wonderful thing to believe, but it is not reality. Smart, talented, and hard-working people lose every day.
And, that’s the truth.
On Tortured Souls Who Can’t Give Up
I know a smaller group of people who are almost reaching their dreams. And, yet, these same tortured souls always seem to come up a little short in life. And, I am not immune to such failures.
Make no mistake, I have underachieved in my life to the nth degree.
This came up recently as I was pushing the mantra that “hard work matters…” to a great friend questioning why I make such enormous life effort (for little tangible success).
And, I do.
I realized long ago that the “easy” path to life success for me was not in the cards.
It would be great if I could tell you why that is the case, but, alas, I cannot. I suppose if I knew why the universe loves stepping on my dreams, it would not change anything.
I could give up.
And, over the years, it has crossed my mind.
But, there is something inside me that just screams, “Craig! If you just work a bit harder, you will get that elusive brass ring that you are always yapping about.”
And, that keeps me going.
On Tug Of War With The Universe
I push forward. The universe pushes back.
And, I begrudgingly accept the stalemate I have created with the gods in Japan.
There was a time my results were not so fortunate. Karma ran me over like a bus in America, and it often backed up just to do it all over again.
Seriously, it was like a sport to the universe.
Thankfully, the universe only grazes me enough to keep my life as it is here.
Generally, that does not bother me. Life (and a car) has a mind of its own, even in Japan, and I go about my day.
It happens, although I wish that it would not.
Perhaps, I will one day learn how to seize enough opportunities during my finite existence to find big, big, big success. Until then, I shall likely have to accept both my train tickets and my life on occasion: “coming up short.”
Grey, Grizzled, and Gaijin