Not a Failure {31 Days of Affirmation}

“I love failing!” Said no one ever. In this Day 8 #write31daysofaffirmation, I’m talking about the dreaded fail-word. I once heard that failure, or shall I say to fail, is to have your first attempt and learn. I think there’s much grace in that line of thinking.


There’s something to be said for practicing kindness towards oneself when the first try does not go the way you intended. Hence the reason we try, try, and continue to try until we meet with success. So it is with life. So today, I affirm that I am not a failure. You are not a failure. The failure doesn’t get to define us.

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I am not what I fail. I am not unsuccessful just because I have to repeat the steps of the story again. If anything, failure gives me an opportunity to see how I have grown or where I can tweak things to continue to grow and develop. It is an invitation to live more fully.


Perhaps part of failure is giving yourself permission to be perfectly imperfect. Maybe all those little imperfections give way to realistic and attainable perfection – the kind that solidifies your uniqueness and authenticity. However, I find that extending grace to one’s self in the process of trying is what gives one the ability to keep pushing forward. A little grace goes a long way in keeping us from living defeated or paralyzed.

No place is perfect. No arrival is perfect. No journey is perfect. Nothing is perfect. None of us walking this earth is perfect. Never. Ever. I am learning to launch from my failure. It’s not the end, and it ain’t over. I can always begin again and again and again. I must keep moving forward. So I choose to move from imperfect practice to perfection but with a heavy dose of grace. It is the grace and practice of kind gentleness that enables me to keep on keeping on.

I want to encourage you friends, to hold on to faith and believe. Don’t you dare give up now. Take a deep breath. Try again. When those fear mongering failure goons come to try and steal your resolve, put them on notice. You are not subject to the failure. Rise up, and have another go. You can do this!

This is day 8 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. This means, at least for me, I need to engage and practice and activate my faith as I believe it bolsters my hope. I do this by affirming truth even in the storm. You can read all the series post here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.

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