SPLAT! Falling on My Face – Again

I hate to fail. When I’m working on a project, my motto is usually “failure is NOT an option”. And that works well for me.  Most of the time.

But it also means that I’ve had to learn – the hard way- that somethings are just not going to get done and let go, and accept it as a learning experience and not a failure.

Well, in the last six weeks, I’ve fallen on my face  – big time. It feels like smacking hard into the floor or a wall.  And I’m not happy with it, and definitely not happy the fact that I might of let others down. (I hate that almost as much as failing.)

But, in another way, it’s a good thing, especially the timing. December has always been a time of reflection and planning for me, a time to look at where I am, what I’ve accomplished in the last year, and where I want to go.

Because of my big fat SPLAT, I forced myself to set aside my normal planning and goal setting until I could recover, make things right with those that I needed to, and move forward again.

Now that I’ve done that, I find myself looking at this as a lesson and reminder that I am not perfect and never will be, but God’s timing and plan is.

The world didn’t end because I went SPLAT! Instead I realize that I need to do a better job at recognizing who I am, what my priorities are, and scheduling work and life in such a way that embraces that. Just because I can do something, doesn’t mean I should.

It is these lessons that come from falling down, that make them successes not failures. Because if I can learn from my mistakes, then that makes me better able to serve my family and others.

Sometimes we have to fall down to look from a new perspective at the opportunities before us.  As long as we don’t let those falls keep us down, and we learn from them and pick our selves up and move forward, we’re succeeding. We’re growing, and we’re better able to serve those around us.

If I’ve let you down in the last few weeks, I’m sorry. Please forgive me.

…Shannon

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