Friday, June 24, 2016

Failure and What You Can Live With

Sometimes being “tested by adversity” means ostracism, rejection of others you care about, often deeply, who don’t understand or agree with the decisions you’ve made in your greatest time of doubt and instability. It might be for them that you didn’t handle your greatest challenges and problems with enough wisdom, with a backbone of steel, weren’t a badass, or simply you didn’t do things the way they think you should have. Instead, you made the choices you did simply because you did, and mostly because you were you. Honestly, you did the best you could, with what you knew and had available to you. Maybe looking back with hindsight, a proverbial situation of imagining different scenarios for your life, you would change things. The reality, however, is you've failed, maybe not just at some point, maybe at many levels. And for some people in your life, that failure isn’t ok. Relationships are broken and/or dwindle, lost in the aftermath of expectations and disappointments. This being the case, I wonder if you can wake up every morning with a smile on your face? Can you learn to face each new day with both the you today and the you from yesterday? Are you content being you? And can you live independently of the good and bad opinion, the rejection of others, even those who mean the most to you?

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