failure: “I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing”

I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing“. Hillel

Those days…the ones where you wake up a little heavy–the world seems bright outside your bedroom window. But by the time you reached the kitchen, the littles were speaking thirty decibels louder than your head could manage. And you couldn’t shush long enough or loud enough to get anyone to stop talking long enough to find the bottle of Advil. And you react to things in ways you know are counterproductive.

Those days…when it doesn’t matter what you do to quell THAT child–she wants to challenge everything you say, report everything her sibling is doing, or declare she can no longer read, compute basic calculations or spell three letter words.

Those days…when you think, now why would I write a blog about capturing the charmed life when I know darn well that the idealism that wants to encourage the world can’t encourage herself to get to loving even THESE days?

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor” an old English proverb declares. Indeed.

How does one learn life’s lessons without a few challenges? This kind of freedom doesn’t come for free. This kind of freedom is earned through hard work, mostly work of the interior. There’s no manual for parenting, no manual for home educating…okay, actually there are, but there are no individualized manuals for this life. So I’ll continue to determine what I need, what my kids need, what I don’t need, what they don’t need, what we were meant to be and do, and keep on keeping on so that there will be larger gaps between those days.

Failure. What an ugly word. One that I must engage more often than I’d like.

How do I not let it define me?

We are given the night to sleep away our sorrows. To wake in the morning with renewed purpose and be reminded that the God’s mercies are new every morning.

1.  There ain’t no life without failure. You’re not alone. Everyone has regret stories.

2.  Explore reasons for the failure. Don’t pretend it didn’t happen. If you ignore it, you will see it again. Try to learn what you can from it.

3.  Let it go. Continued time spent sifting and fussing won’t make it go away.

4.   Don’t define your person by the mistakes you’ve made in the past, even if the past is this morning. You aren’t your mistake.

5.   Just Aim for what you’re looking to pursue, and get up and go. This is the first day of the rest of your life.


“She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts,

but because she continued on despite them”.

Beau Taplin, Unstoppable