Failure. The word can be so devastating to our ego and our will. It can make us stop dead in our tracks. But are we really failures just because we sometimes fail?
To me, failure is giving up. That is all. It is the act of giving up on our dreams, our potential, our everything…
Here is what the Merriam-Webster online dictionary says about failure.
Definition of failure
1a: omission of occurrence or performance specifically: a failing to perform a duty or expected action, failure to pay the rent on time (1): a state of inability to perform a normal function kidney failure— compare HEART FAILURE(2): an abrupt cessation of normal functioning power failure: a fracturing or giving way under stress structural failure2a: lack of success: a failing in business: BANKRUPTCYHe was trying to rescue the company from failure.3a: a falling short: DEFICIENCYa crop failure: DETERIORATION, DECAY4: one that has failed He felt like a failure when he wasn’t accepted into law school.
I see failure a bit differently, though. Because these all tend to be “temporary” actions (except maybe kidney failure and heart failure). I mean, I could fail to pay my rent on time or the power could fail to work. But I can probably make up my rent and the power will in all likelihood come back on.
Failure, as I said, is the end. It is more than a simple fail.
To fail, on the other hand, is more of a one or two-time thing (maybe a thousand times, but I don’t believe it’s a failure until you give up).
I love the following quote by Thomas A. Edison. He didn’t see himself as a failure.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.― Thomas A. Edison
It is hard not to see ourselves as failures when we repeatedly fail. But like I wrote above, I really don’t think we are failures unless we give up.
Edison found thousands of ways that didn’t work, but he didn’t give up and neither should we.
I think we can fail our way to success just as Edison did in the hundreds of inventions that he perfected. But we have to keep our minds going and believing that eventually, we are going to find the way that works.
How does this relate to diabetes?
You might be asking yourself how this relates to type 2 diabetes? Well, today, I was feeling a bit like a failure because I had not made good choices as far as eating went. I felt like I was a failure. Not that I had failed—a one or two-time occurrence—but an utter and complete failure. As I was recording tonight’s video, it occurred to me that I was NOT a failure, but had simply failed.
I can start afresh tomorrow. I don’t have to take this sitting down! I will not be a failure!
In today’s video, I talk about feeling like a failure and ultimately, talking myself out of being one!
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Karin Nauber is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 25 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. Karin has nine grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. Karin also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about 13 years ago and has faced many challenges with the condition. If you would like to contact her, please do so at email@example.com.