“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of a greater or equal benefit.” ~Napoleon Hill
It is refreshing to know that within each form of adversity, failure, and heartache we encounter, lies the “seed of a greater or equal benefit.” It is a perfect reminder that there is good in everything–all we must do is water it, nurture it, and allow that good to grow and flourish in our lives and the world around us.
Adversity, failure, and heartache do not have to be an end result. If we make it so, we miss out on the lessons, opportunities, chances, signs and clues, and many other important elements that are being given to us. Maybe you did not get the job you were interviewed for because you need to increase and expand your knowledge in that specific field. Or perhaps your recent relationship with a girl failed because you did not understand her need for positive reinforcement. If you are able to plant, nurture, and harvest the beneficial seeds found in the difficult and painful lessons of your life, you will bring forth goodness and love as well as unlock your potential for personal growth.
Our failures and obstacles in life are but stepping-stones to becoming something greater along our way. And our greatest achievements in life will assuredly be the result of many failures, heartaches, and adversity that has built us up and reinforced us along the way. But the beauty of failure cannot be seen unless we acknowledge that it is possible for failure to be both beautiful and important.
Plant a few beneficial seeds found in some of your failures.
Questions to consider:
How do you view adversity, failure, and heartache in your life? What kinds of things have contributed to this perspective?
Why do we often see failure as something that is exclusively negative?
Do you encourage others to find positive benefits from their failures, and then turn around and fail to see the positive benefits in your own failures?
For further thought:
“Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It’s ok to fail. If you’re not failing, you’re not growing.” ~H. Stanley Judd