I mis-spell words or encounter my own typos on a daily basis. Just last night, I thought I'd try a recipe out and it was a big old mess (For the record, I tried to make farro cakes from some leftover farro and kale sauté that I had in the kitchen. The result tasted great but was nowhere near cake-like, instead crumbling at the slightest nudge of the spatula. Back to the drawing board I guess.) I can grow impatient sometimes, hurrying along a little student who is moving through a dance step at leisure rather than on the beat and I can't even count the number of times I've mixed up my right and left side cues while teaching a yoga class.
While our failures can feel frustrating, within them is a huge opportunity for growth. Trying and subsequently failing at something honestly contains a piece of great news - you DID something! You didn't talk about doing something, or think about doing something, you actually took the ACTION and DID something! So, even if the outcome wasn't as you expected (ahem, Yoga Sutra 1.12!), you put forth your best effort and tried. And guess what, you will have more chances, more opportunities, to try again, to succeed, maybe to fail some more, to refine your tactics and skill as you go. In a sense, failure is proof that you are truly living your life.
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.
J. K. Rowling
So, I'm going to go ahead and buck that trend here on my blog for a moment. This morning I failed. While looking through my Facebook feed, I came across this article on MindBody Green, all about turning your coffee habit into a healthy morning ritual. One of the suggestions in particular caught my attention - adding coconut oil to your morning java, with a little vanilla and cinnamon. Great idea, right? So, i decided I would try this, but with cold coffee, over ice. Well, this was the result friends:
The question that comes to me is simply, are your actions fueling your growth as a human being? I'm less interested in your or my ratio of successes to failures as I am interested in the quality of actions we are each taking on a daily basis. From one day to the next, are we able to utilize our life experiences in a way that encourages us to evolve? I think that's much more important than keeping some hypothetical scorecard in our head.
Feel free to share any recent successes, failures, or actions in the comments section - I'd love to hear about what you're striving to bring into your daily life!
With Big love and the spirit of Namaste,