A World Without Failure

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What would you do if you knew you could not fail?– Robert Schuller

That’s a saying that I’ve heard several times , and although I’ve claimed to live by that creed I know that I have stopped myself countless times out of fear. Today at church, my beloved rector discussed an idea posed by Dr. Eben Alexander in his Newsweek article: That he experienced a brief taste of an afterlife (after being comatose) in which he was told that no matter our shortcomings, failure is impossible.

Consider that for a moment: FAILURE IS IMPOSSIBLE

That statement directly opposes so much of the norms we have established in our culture, doesn’t it? It tells us that it’s alright to be somehow less than perfect because, in the grand scheme of things, anything we might construe as failure is simply not that. What is it then? I think those little “failures” are just life.

Life isn’t perfect, nor can it be. Perfection is an illusion cast by people with an inferiority complex. They can’t be what they think the should be, so they create a vision of perfection with which we agree– but is life-killing in itself. For instance, think about all those models in the fashion magazines. Do you honestly think that they look like those pictures? Not without a lot of help from makeup artists and photo editors.

This takes me back to some of the points I’ve made in earlier posts. We, as human beings, are interdependent. We need each other to achieve any semblance of perfection, yet in working with each other, more of our lovely human flaws surface. Therefore, perfection is impossible.

If failure and perfection are both impossible, then what remains?

Life, as you are, where you are, caring for the people in your tiny corner of the world.

Life, lived as fully as  possible, despite the bumps, bruises, and broken hearts.

Life, honoring the Creator-spirit that resides within you and all those around you.


One thought on “A World Without Failure

  1. After Fr. Matt’s sermon, I went and read that article online and thought it was fascinating. Thinking of buying his book, too. Thanks for commenting on it.

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