Rocket Ship over Clouds

“When we attempt to change our ways, we meet resistance.”  DawnSeeker

Working The Assignment: Part 2 — Welcome Failure :))

OK — the first thing that occurred while working The Assignment recently was: “FAILURE!”     I heard it in my head over and over again. (See previous post: The Assignment: Guide to Greater Happiness.)

To be expected, really. For when we attempt to change our ways, we meet resistance. So here is my journal entry to process those nagging thoughts:

Failure is a term that looms up often in my mind . . .

Only problem, my mind has the term backwards. Dyslexic. Plain wrong!

What I interpret as Failure is merely LIFE — Life working itself out. My Life!

Perfectly normal, really . . .

For with every effort there is Failure! But we just don’t STOP there!

We keep going.

Like the proverbial Rocket Ship to the Moon.

All the while our Rocket Ship alters course. Every moment changing heading in some slight little way that makes Failure turn back into Success.

Because Failure and Success are intricately related! Intertwined. Inseparable!

It’s just our limited-scope perception that blurs the picture. And makes Failure into a death sentence of sorts.


Years ago, Buckminster Fuller wrote an essay called Mistake Mystique. I’ve got a dog-eared copy from the early 1980s, when Bucky was still alive. Still uplifting civilization with his brilliant problem-solving-for-all-humanity.

(I got to walk up on stage with him, and clip the microphone on him every day for the week we spent video taping him in 1981. Afterwards, he scrawled in my book: “Thank you for wiring me into Eternity.”)

Bucky says we’ve got it all wrong. Mistakes — we shun them. What a horrible thing, making Mistakes in our society!

But we’ve got it all backwards!

Mistakes are, in fact, how we learn. Mistakes push us forward into better and better lives.

Failure — same thing.


So I have a new little dance I’m trying out.

Correcting my mental dyslexia, and re-wiring “Failure” into “Success”.

Because the only true Failure is stopping there. Not correcting. Not persevering.

You can do it, Dawnie!

You can turn Failure into Success.

Succeed On!


So did it work? Still working! But only if I keep working it!

That’s the thing about Life, The breath comes in, and must go out . . . We must constantly be moving, adjusting, adapting.

Like the Rocket Ship.

Rock On!


Next Post: Working The Assignment: Step 3 — Take Action!

For more Action steps, go to my: Depression Emergency Kit, and Runaway (Emergency) Emotional Escape Ramp :)) Great stuff!  DawnSeeker

Round Rainbow

Circular Rainbow – known as a Glory – made by an airplane when the shadow hit a cloud flying en route Honolulu to Molokai 2014 :))


Like what you’ve read here? Visit Dawn’s sister blog: Soul Horse Ride

~~___(\ ~~___(\ ~~___(\
…/< >\ …/< >\ …/< >\


Copyright 2013

8 thoughts on “Working The Assignment: Welcome Failure

  1. Mary Gilmartin

    “Without mistakes and failures, there would be no success”__by M.Gilmartin… and,“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” ― by Neil Gaiman


  2. lolkin

    I am on a similar mission – failing a lot. I am inspired by Seth Godin’s book, Poke The Box. Mind you, it works best coupled with the rejection therapy. If interested, search for ‘rejection therapy’ on my blog. Good luck with failing! 🙂


  3. Pingback: The Elusion (Illusion?) of Sleep – Reconstructing Myself

Leave an Insight

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s