Rise Above Your “Failures” And “Flaws”

“And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.” ~Kurt Vonnegut …

We need not be familiar with the Biblical story of Lot’s wife to understand the feelings she surely was feeling. The human condition is that of frailty and failure; we are by definition imperfect beings. But that does not mean that we cannot strive to become better.

In life, you may have failed others and yourself time and time again; hurt others with your words; ignored their pain and suffering; created misery and difficulties for them and for yourself. Yet regardless of whether or not it was intentional, that does not have to define who you are now.

We will encounter failures in life. And there will be times in which we will let ourselves and others down, knowingly or unknowingly, for that is part of our humanity. But it is also within each of us to succeed–to rise above our failures and shortcomings and become something righteous and divine.

Accept your failures and flaws and try to rise above them.

Questions to consider:

What is the worst that can happen to you if you take a certain action? Is that worst thing really all that bad?

Are you able to fail without worrying about how others will see you? Are you able to do so without worrying about how you will see yourself?

Think of someone you know who has took a great risk to become something greater than his or her former self. What have they gained? What failures did they have to overcome?

For further thought:

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” ~Mahatma Gandhi


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