It Is Good To Fail Occasionally

I never thought I would be making a statement like that…it sounds vaguely memetic and that is really only one letter removed from emetic. But I have made a few blunders and errors in the last few months that have given me to think.

When I am riding high and doing all the things I want to, it all gets too seductive. I start to get arrogant and flippant with others. They generally don’t know it as I keep it to myself, but it still poisons my perceptions – both of them and of myself. I need a little failure to remind me that I am, as stated before, a plain bun.

Fortunately no-one got hurt and nothing got spoiled by my mistakes. It was a nuisance, but not a disaster. And I can do something that mends the faults in the future. I can also be darned grateful that the times when I really did mess up either did not get noticed or go through to completion. I think I got saved by a number of bells.

Here’s a final thought to send you all off thoughtfully sucking on the end of either a pen or a dagger – we often make ” B-for-Bucket ” lists of things we want to do in life to tease ourselves into action. Or we make ” F” lists to tell us things we do not want to do or people we don’t want to deal with. All good so far. We’re about as likely to follow one list as the other…

But how about making an” M ” list for yourself – call it a Muckit list – a list of mistakes that you have made in your life. You can make it as vague or as specific as you like, but when you’ve got the first part you should make a matching section that tells you what you’ve learned from each blunder.

Like the “B ” and ” F ” lists, the ” M ” list should be strictly hidden and kept a secret from everyone else. If they are going to see anything, let them see you getting better and better for a mysterious reason.

Message Received. You Can Stop Sending Now.

DSCF7228AI got messages from heaven today.

A lot of people get them – some can involve voices or blindness or wheels of fire – but mine depend on humbler materials. In this case it was foam-core board and leftover potatoes…

The foam core board Рtwo whole sheets of it given to me as a Christmas present Рwas sacrificed to show me that there are times when I should not do things that are unnecessary. When I do them Рlike make a project with those gift boards  Рthat do not work well, I am in danger of feeling very bad. Bad for the personal failure, bad for the waste of resources, bad for rejecting it all into the bin. Just bad.

But fortunately – after a couple of hours I realised that the original project was, for me, quite unnecessary and somewhat foolish…and the failure means that I need not proceed with it. And should not proceed with it, I hasten to add – it was badly conceived at the start. I’ll go buy two more sheets of the foam-core board for projects that are useful, and remember not to waste my efforts¬†in the future.

The leftover potatoes were to be part of dinner…but the potato pancakes that they were meant to become went bad from the start…and ended up being discarded. Throwing out food in my house was always a sin, and it took some anger to do this. But in the end, rice and cabbage and onions and a few leftovers stepped in and made one of the best meals we’ve had in a week.

I’m not sure of the moral in this one. Indeed I’m not sure if there is a moral – just do not try to make potato pancakes with wet materials. Also use the right pan and enough grease to fry them with. I’m regarding the big stainless steel frypan with suspicion as well – I think the iron skillet is going to be the go. Perhaps the lesson involves being grateful for cabbage and rice.