Sunday, October 2, 2011

I Hope You Are Failing

Have you failed lately? Good.
Do friends and family question what you create? Great.
Have you tried to schedule more exercise time, but find yourself working out two days a week instead of three? Bravo.
Do you write something, read it a week later, and decide it is suck-ish at best? Fabulous.
Have you reached out to friends only to have them not "get" it and worse, not "get" you? Well done.
Do you commit to save money, but instead buy that killer skirt at TJ Maxx (um, hypothetically speaking, of course)? Stellar.
Why am I so happy about failure? Failing means you care enough to try. 

Here's to being brave enough to try.


Question for you. How are you pushing yourself? Are you failing at anything lately or just playing it safe?


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Linking with friends at Soli Deo Gloria.

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46 comments:

Katharine said...

Wow, Answering yes to all six of those. Brave? Not at first, but I am finding the more I step out the more I find courage and grace to keep stepping...

Amy Sullivan said...

Katharine,
Yes, one foot in front of the other, and grace is key.

lori said...

Thank you for the extra bit of inspiration. Always appreciated and probably too much needed :)

HopeUnbroken said...

well, i feel like i'm failing at every. thing. so i guess i should also feel on top of the world right now, eh? i get it. really. but brave isn't the word i'm feelin'. suck-ish is more fitting. (you like that term, don't you?) but i'm hangin' on, reading words that continue to inspire, holding onto hope. . . always hope. and knowing that the answers aren't usually as important as the journey. and the growing. stretching. straining. reaching for the stars, i am, and i live for the day i'll get there :-)
blessings on your week!
steph

Amy Sullivan said...

Steph,
Thinking of you as you are growing and stretching, and do I like the word suck-ish? Oh, yeah. You know it!

dawnkristine said...

Thank you again for this post! I had a suckish ( my fave new word) time in my life a couple of years ago, and just made it right this week. By doing this, I have some sort of strange confidence I can fail if I have God and all will be well. I just might try to something such as make shoes for Africa knowing I can fail, and all will be right someday, in Heaven surely.

Julie said...

Amy, I feel like we would be friends. Haha. I answer "yes" to all of your questions. And I love this video, I love showing it to people. I'm not sure this makes us friends, but close enough. :)

Brandee Shafer said...

I love you, Amy. Help me so I don't fail at my first attempt at a link-up. :(

Alice Lynn Alfred said...

Amy!! So glad you are back in blog world!! I loved this post....it says it all....plus, the more I am a failure, the more I can just rest on God's success!! AWESOME POST! And thank you for visiting my place, and for sharing your comment ~ it is always a pleasure when you stop by!! Much love ~ alice

Debbie Johnson said...

I totally agree. Be brave, start something, write something, make something, doesn't work? No prob, try again!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

beautiful video, beautiful truth.

Fondly,
Glenda

Matthew Kreider said...

There's such power in questions. Your last two are stirring inside me like a pair of electrons struggling to find resolution.

Pushing myself? Maybe. But maybe it's not working so well either. More and more, I'm finding the only breakthrough push comes from a strength outside myself.

Failing or playing it safe? Now there's a glaring glance in the mirror! Ultimately, we're all doomed to fail until we can admit that we don't have what it takes. But I don't want to play it safe ...

I'm learning, though, it's okay to stand still and wait for God's wind to move me forward, scraped knees and all, into the greater promise -- where scars and wounds shine with the light of a greater glory. (Learning, I said.)

From Tracie said...

Thank you for this...I've been feeling a lot more failure than success lately. And it is nice to shift my perspective and see that as part of a good thing.

Julia said...

Amy. Just thank you. I needed to hear this. Grace to try and fail. All is grace. Everything is a miracle. Even failing, because in failing we find God.

Jen said...

Inspiring and fascinating perspective on failure. This is destined to be food for thought for me in the weeks to come. I sense God challenging me to step out of my comfort zone as I consider how this line of thought could be lived out in my life in practical ways. I wonder what God will do with this "food for thought". Thanks so much for sharing, Amy.

Karrie said...

i could hear you talking in this post like you were sitting in my living room and telling me exactly what a friend would tell me......thanks for being a friend even if we've never meet

Gaby said...

Playing it safe! I don't write on my blog every day or even every week for two main reasons:

80% because I just don't have time.
AND
20% because I won't post anything until I know that I know that I know that I know it is semi-maybe-possibly-perhaps-any good so I will sit on a post for days (except Five Minute Friday, but again, I don't do it every week!)
Every other question...YES to, though.

Amy Sullivan said...

Dear all,

So, the truth is I wrote this for me!

It's so easy to feel all of life's little failures and lump them into a great, big hurt to dwell on, but I tried to spin that hurt a bit.

Amy Sullivan said...

Gaby,
I know what you are saying, and I used to labor hard and long over each post, and then, I realized it was TOTALLY screwing-up my creativity. So, now I force myself to hit publish even when the words aren't perfect.

And yeah, sometimes I regret it when I see that I've used "hear" instead of "here" (YEEESH! ) and my post has been up for days, but I try to fix it and move on.

A multi-dimensional life said...

Amy, it's great to meet a former
Chicago girl!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog!

This post was very inspirational! The timing is amazing, as it always is with God...I was just having this conversation about being brave enough to step out. My answer is yes to all of these!

Yes, brave enough to try...but with the assurance that if I make a wrong turn, God will take my hand and lead me back to the road on which I belong!

I'm looking forward to reading more of your wonderful writing!

amandatdodson said...

Oh, I needed this this morning. Seriously. Thanks, Amy.

Michelle said...

I so needed to hear this today. I am so happy you shared it. It is so true. We tell our kids to keep trying, but do we.

Mary @ A Simple Twist Of Faith said...

Yes, yes, yes, well, all of them are answered yes. I am the type that jumps in with both feet, then realized I am in two feet of mud, or worse...thank you for making my day, Amy.

Mary @ A Simple Twist Of Faith said...

Yes, yes, yes, well, all of them are answered yes. I am the type that jumps in with both feet, then realized I am in two feet of mud, or worse...thank you for making my day, Amy.

Yolanda said...

I loved this post. I fail often but I have found in failure that I find lifes greates lessons

Beck Gambill said...

That's a hard lesson to learn, it goes against my grain. I know it's true though. Great perspective to cultivate.

dawnbright said...

Amy, you don't know how much I needed to read that today. I am juggling so many balls in the air I can hear the faint words of SPLAT running through my mind. Thanks for letting me know that Failure is not the end!

Heidi said...

Well, I've never felt so great about counting my failures :) Thanks Amy, love this perspective! Blessings!

Deidra said...

Thanks for sharing this...makes me feel much better after seeing things from this perspective.

Savannah said...

What a great post! I think I've related to every one of those at some point. Nice to know I'm not alone.

Jenn said...

I always love your writing, but tis is my favorite sooo far. So much freedom in this.. will you remind me this next time I fail.. umm.. probablly tommorow :-)

Michele said...

I am your newest subscriber/follower and am thrilled to have found your blog.

I heart Bono too.

xoxo michele

Ryan and Melanie said...

Love this Amy! It seems God is speaking to me about fear these days.

You've inspired me to keep stepping out in faith.

Blessings!
Mel

Stacy @ Heartprints of God said...

I've just begun to push the envelope, to step out in faith and I've gotta tell you....this is life, this is living. It is what I have been missing most all of my life.

Jen said...

This is really fabulous, Amy. Such a unique way to shed light on a part of us all that we normally keep in the dark -- our failures, our shortcomings, our weaknesses.

Just, wow.

Hailey Marie said...

Love this. Another good one:
Casting director after Fred Astair's audition: "can't act, can't sing, balding...can dance a little". Rumor is he later put that note on his mantel, next to his Oscar. :)

Nancy said...

Amy! There is absolutely nothing about this I don't love! And Lucille Ball in there? Icing on the cake. Facebooking this now.

Theresa Miller said...

Yup, this is how I have been feeling. And in my failing, discouragement. And in my discouragement, brokenness. And in my brokenness, perspective. Sometimes we need all those things to see again with new eyes.

I love this. Thank you!

Carolyn Counterman said...

Yes, I'm trying. Went to the writers' retreat this past weekend. Inspired me to keep going. I might still fall flat on my face, but I'm trying.

Misty said...

For once.. I can say I feel happy to be failing. Today as I sip my cup of coffee and get the kids off to school I will look at each failure as a small accomplishment, God shaping me. So perhaps my next failure will be a success.

Jean Wise said...

There are as more lesson in failure than in successes. Reminds me of the commencement talk JK Rowling gave that is on you-tube about failure. If you haven't seen it, you will enjoy it.

Good Lesson, Amy

Pamela said...

I knew you were going somewhere good with this but I had to read to the end. "If you've never failed, you've never lived" and "Failing means you care enough to try." I'm picking myself up and trying again, because I care enough to try. God has used this post to spur me into action again.

Deidra said...

Failure truly is a viable option, isn't it? Reminds of that famous bit from Thomas Edison who was asked if it frustrated him - all those times he tried to make the lightbulb and failed. Nope, he replied. That's I knew what wouldn't work. (Forgive my paraphrase.)

Now...tell me more about that skirt. :)

Stacie said...

My facebook status this week read, "A 66% failure is still a 33% success, right?" I had just gotten rejections on 4/6 pieces I submitted to a publication.
I heard a writer at a conference say she set a goal every year to receive a certain amount of rejections. She reasoned if she wasn't getting rejections, she wasn't aimimg high enough.

Delicate Fortress Creations said...

That is an awesome video! Definitely needing that right now. Thanks Amy.

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

well i am failing at raising $10,000 for a little orphan in eastern europe called francine! she is beautiful...i am halfway there though and am so not giving up!a wonderful post xxx

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