I like Thomas Edison’s words:
“I have not failed.
I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

I like Mr. Edison’s approach.  While I think we’ve all experienced what some call ‘failure’ at some point in our lifetime … whether that was in school … at work … in a relationship … an activity … whatever! … hopefully, it eventually leads to a *lightbulb* moment, even though it may take 10,000 tries to get past the block/failure.  🙂

Edison didn’t let society’s definition of failure impact him to the point that he stopped.    He continued to “keep on, keeping on,” until he finally found what would work.   

Just because we didn’t get an “A” in a particular course, or  
… just because we experienced a broken relationship
… just because we weren’t able to knit or paint or sculpt or create or cook like a professional or like a friend who could
… just because we didn’t get the promotion at work
… or just because ‘whatever’
when we “keep on, keeping on,” we grow and make discoveries. 

Maybe not Edison-Moments-of-Discovery,
… but

Rather than dismiss the failures in our life,
I like the idea of understanding that they are part of our journey of self-discovery.

Here’s to “Lightbulb Moments of Discovery”!



© June Maffin