Failure – Another ‘F’ Word
The word failure puts forward a very simple way of thinking that allows for only two possibilities: failure or success. Let me tell you this for sure – few things in the universe are black and white, yet much of our verbiage reads as if it is. The word failure signifies a paradigm in which all subtlety is lost. When we regard something we have done, or our-self, as a failure, we lose our ability to see the truth, which is no doubt much more complex. In addition, we hurt our-self. All you have to do is speak or read the word failure and see how it makes you feel.
At some point, the word may not have been so back loaded with the weight of the negative world on our shoulders, and it simply referred to something that did not go according to plan. Unfortunately, in our culture it is often used very negatively, such as when a person is labeled a failure, even though it is impossible for something as vast and subtle as a human being to be reduced in such a way. It also acts as a deterrent, scaring us from taking risks for fear of failure. It has somehow come to represent the worst possible outcome. Failure is a word so burdened with fearful and unconscious energy that we can all benefit from consciously examining our use of it, because the verbiage we use influences the way we think and feel.
Next time you feel like a failure or fear failure, know that you are under the influence of an outdated way of thinking about the world. When the word failure comes up, it’s a call for us to think about a more enlightened consciousness to the matter at hand. When you are consciously aware of the word and its baggage you will not fall victim to its darkness. In your own thoughts, you may choose to stop using the word failure. This might encourage you to dig deeper and think more clearly the truth of the situation, opening your mind to subtleties and possibilities the word failure would never have allowed.
Be Soul Confident