Are Failures Really Success?


Photographer: Bruce Mars

I love it when great advice seems to come from out of nowhere. Divine mind is always at work for us through universal principles, but there are times when a thought or answer comes through an unexpected channel. That gives me that “cosmic giggle” feeling.

Every so often one of my husbands will send me a link or jot me a note about something. Rumor has it they both read my writing. Who knew? “If you grab me in the first sentence or two,” one of them once told me, “I may even read the whole article.”

Honesty, though expected and often helpful, can be no less jarring to one’s ego. Here’s the most recent submission from one of them:

Perceived failure is oftentimes success trying to be born in a bigger way.
From a fortune cookie

It’s as if success is in costume at times – present, but not quite evident in our thinking. There are those in metaphysics and New Thought who refuse to use words like failure, problem, and man others some perceive have a negative connotation. God forbid we don’t always look ecstatically happy to others, as if nothing ever goes south in our lives.

Throughout his life and writing, the founder of the Science of Mind philosophy, Ernest Holmes, used all the words some people shun. I’m not sure who decided admitting we screwed up or got sick was unenlightened, but there you have it.

I do, however, have a pretty good idea why some folks feel this way. People in general, regardless of their philosophy, religion, spirituality, or culture are plagued with perfectionism. It seems if we aren’t demanding it of ourselves we’re under the distinct and often incorrect assumption that those around us expect perfection from us.

If we aren’t afraid to royally screw up and make a mess out of something we’re never going to move from where we are to where we want to be. This is not about “finding the lesson,” because a Higher Power isn’t working out His issues on us as the Church teaches. God doesn’t create lesson plans complete with graphic organizers to test us, to annoy us, or to cause us to fail.

Rather, the universe is set up to create a life worth living, one filled with joy and happiness. The universe is conspiring for our success. If you and I let go of the fear of what others will think; if you and I are willing to go for it, full-tilt boogie, dancing like no one is watching; then, we will move through and beyond all situations regardless of the labels we or others attach to us.

Then you know what?

We get to be happy. We get to succeed. We get to love and be loved. This is not brain surgery. As a nurse I know once said, “I’ve seen brain surgery. This ain’t it.” Life is supposed to be easy.

It’s time we more regularly throw off the caution of society and be willing to live as we choose, do what we choose, with whom we choose to do it, and in the style in which we desire. As Bette Midler once said, it’s time to go out in the world, “nipples to the wind!”

Now, there’s a visual you won’t soon forget.

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