Choose Your Words

27 Oct

Photography by Gracie – © All rights reserved


The word failure puts forward a very simplistic way of thinking that allows for only two possibilities: failure or success. Few things in the universe are black and white, yet much of our language reads as if they are. The word failure signifies a paradigm in which all subtlety is lost. When we regard something we have done, or ourselves, as a failure, we lose our ability to see the truth, which is no doubt considerably more complex. In addition, we hurt ourselves. All you have to do is speak or read the word failure and see how it makes you feel.

At some point, the word may not have been so loaded with the weight of negativity, and it simply referred to something that did not go according to plan. Unfortunately, in our culture it is often used very negatively, such as when a person is labeled a failure, even though it is impossible for something as vast and subtle as a human being to be reduced in such a way. It also acts as a deterrent, scaring us from taking risks for fear of failure. It has somehow come to represent the worst possible outcome. Failure is a word so burdened with fearful and unconscious energy that we can all benefit from consciously examining our use of it, because the language we use influences the way we think and feel.

Next time you feel like a failure or fear failure, know that you are under the influence of an outmoded way of perceiving the world. When the world failure comes up, it’s a call for us to apply a more enlightened consciousness to the matter at hand. When you are consciously aware of the word and its baggage you will not fall victim to its darkness. In your own use of language, you may choose to stop using the word failure altogether. This might encourage you to articulate more clearly the truth of the situation, opening your mind to subtleties and possibilities the word failure would never have allowed.



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2 responses to “Choose Your Words

  1. naturalhigh

    October 28, 2006 at 9:48 am

    I finally figured out how to leave a comment on this new format. It is very beautiful but I kept clicking on “leave a reply” rather than merely typing what I wanted to say. (duh…)

    I’ve noticed that when I am most creative that I am failing over and over again! I am outside the range of what I know to do that works and am messing around with shape and color. Out of that failure comes something original.

    Anyone can master following a formula for success. But to really be yourself, to really bring forth your uniqwe gifts, means working past the trials that don’t come out just right.

  2. Gracie

    October 28, 2006 at 10:18 am

    Well said, Natural High! The most unique creations begin with unexpected events or mistakes, beautiful work ends up being the final result. Stay outside your range by all means, I say. 🙂

    The theme is nice but I may have to revert back for a number of reasons. Thanks for your kind words, as always.

    I’m having my own issues with this response right now, so bear with me.


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