Tuesday, February 03, 2009


Did you know I can't say the word 'failure' very well? The l and the u don't roll together like they're supposed to for me and I sound like I have a speech impediment when I say it.

So...blogging friends, I have a question.

Why is failure a good thing?

Please answer. I look forward to your responses and insight.


Heather said...

Oh Glorious Failure. Not an easy one, I'd say. I, for example, keep trying and trying and trying and FAILING at so many cooking adventures. And so many times I fail at having patience with my kids. Or perhaps failure to keep my emotions in check. At night I mentally think of all the cool and glorious things I will do the next day with my kids and with my house and bonk - it doesn't always happen. Sometimes I'm just progressing slower than I'd like... and sometimes I do fail.

I think this is all part of life to humble us. If we always succeeded at everything, then we wouldn't rely on Heavenly Father as much for strength and comfort. When I'm humbled, I think I'm more willing to see the direction Heavenly Father wants my life to go.

Mothership said...

Thomas Eddison had 3000 attempts to invent the light bulb. When asked about those failures, he said, "I didn't fail 3,000 times. I found 3,000 ways how not to create a lightbulb."

If we are learning (the hard part) from our failures, we are becoming better people.

Elissa said...

I heard it said once that failure is an event, not a person. I try to remember that if I get down on myself.

Marne said...

I thought the same thing the other day when I was having a really hard day. I just wondered, "am I really supposed to learn from this?" as I was trying to deal with it all.

I thik failure makes us stronger in the long run. It helps us focus more after the issue has passed. We can see what is truly important. Not saying I always act on it...but it is there anyway. Failure can be a good thing to help us develop more self-discipline, self-control, and faith. I have experienced all those. Sometimes I don't notice until quite awhile afterwards though.

Calie said...

What is failure really? Is it something that didn't work out the way we thought? Or is it planned all along beause its something we need to learn from? Or is it just chance no I beleive nothing is chance. The thought of failing at somethig sometimes parralizes me into not doing things. I wonder why?

Heather said...

okey-dokey... so yesterday morning i wrote my failure essay here.

and then yesterday i had the worst day and i seriously felt like the biggest failure as a mom. i think i quit emotionally and stopped trying so much. bad choice! so last night i was mad at myself about it all.

and i was thinking about your question about failure. not that i came up with anything profound about it, but after experiencing a really dumb day, i was wondering how to deal with it all. i was humbled - i'd say. and i recommitted myself to trying again so i would have a better day today. today was better and so was my attitude...

anyhoo... nothing wonderful to say, but just saying i connect with that word this week too.