I’ll Think of Failure as a Way to Grow


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A ruthless self-assessment for me,

When I look in life’s mirror I see,

Someone who needs to be more bold,

Because I have not yet reached my goal,

So it’s a time to evaluate and make a choice,

But if self-growth has a voice,

Between taking a risk and comfort,

It’s risk I really want to court,

I’ll just have to adjust, 

Get used to chance, I must,

Think of failure as a way to grow,

Making a judgment on what I know,

Using the outcome to try once more,

When opportunity knocks at my door,

The talents that were given as gifts,

Do I just let them slowly drift?

In life’s stream what talents did I use?

And which talents did I lose,

While I waited for life to begin,

Or was I waiting for life to end?

And love, sweet love, opportunity lost,

Because I was afraid to risk, at what cost?

By being distant, polite, and verbose,

Rather than being personal and up close,

The gifts I’ve been given I don’t dare,

To eye the talents of others or to compare,

What would others have done in my shoes?

Would they always win and never lose?

History names a few who found a way,

To overcome failure, to find success another day,

To repeat a grade in school, Winston Churchill had to fight,

He wanted a second opportunity to get it right,

Churchill was not the only one,

Who had to battle until he won,

Two hundred attempts in scientific routine,

Until Jonas Salk created a successful vaccine,

Were these two the only ones to fail,

Before their ships began to sail,

The Wrights were told they couldn’t fly,

They knew it was true if they didn’t try,

From the sidelines there is no way,

To have the kind of life I want to portray,

I’ll make a judgment on what I know,

And think of failure as a way to grow.

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    1. You’re absolutely correct. As a writer I’m constantly looking for new ways to improve what I’m writing or have written.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

      1. You are right:D

        Oh and a side note, you are invited!

        From 10:01 a.m. Monday December 27,2010 until 10:01 a.m. Saturday January 8, 2011 (CST), think about what you want to have, do and wish for this upcoming new year. After that, use them to create a poem, short fiction, prose, haiku or anything you can think of and link them in using the comment panel on this post:

        http://riikainfinityy.com/2010/12/28/wishylissy-for-2011/

        Share your dreams, wish list and wishes over here as the new year comes greeting on us!

        Note that you don’t have to be a poet or blogger in order to do it but a link to where your work can be seen by other audiences. Do ask your friends to join in the fun as well!^_^

        Cheers and have a wonderful year ahead=D

    1. If I fail I don’t have to keep looking for a problem, only a solution.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    1. Thanks for the comment. I’ll be right over to be inspired by your poem.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    1. How can I lose? The more mistakes I make the more growth I expect. At least I’m on the playing field, just like you, enjoying all that comes my way. Thanks, Jingle, for stopping by.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  1. I really like this post of yours- open, honest and well written. If you aren’t failing you aren’t trying- it takes courage to fail. And you will succeed in your personal goals-
    Bravo!

    1. Thanks for your comments. I’ll have to dig deep on the next piece.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    1. Thanks for commenting. Now I’ll have to think about the next poem or story and see if it will stir up a few thoughts.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    1. I don’t have enough time to waste going backward. That only leaves one direction.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

    1. You’re right. No failing. Just learning a different way or at a different pace.

      May the sun be on your face and the wind at your back as the Lord blesses you throughout the day. Carpe diem!

  2. I had to swallow a lot to go for a degree as an engineer at age 38 but I’m know that I am doing right by stick to it rather than jumping back in a truck…I can’t teach the kids a thing by running and I sure can’t teach them by quitting so I’ll go and make that degree my own before long and I know your risk is right if it is in your heart like mine…have faith Dan if we can not rely on ourselves to do whats in our heart then how can others rely on us and trust us with their hearts…It is all connected.

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