This is from a post I originally wrote in 2007.
What we learn from our so-called failures, are usually the greatest lessons in our lives, we need only to open our eyes so we can see it. The importance of failures in our lives, can only be revealed to us, once we stop looking at them as failures.
It may even be that life lessons learned through what we perceive as our failures, are greater lessons than what we learn from our successes. That’s because most success comes when we let go of our fear of failure, and become willing to take some risks. Most people who are successful in their lives, are not people who have never failed. They are people who have learned from their mistakes, and pushed ahead past their fears, to get to their successes.
I think the greatest “life lesson” we can ever learn, is the lesson that we should never give up on our dreams. By reaching for our dreams and our goals in life, we are doing what we were meant to do. When we follow our dreams, we will inevitably make many mistakes along the way, but hopefully we also grow along the way. That is why the true “failure” is not when you don’t reach your dream, but rather, when you never even attempt to reach for it.
I’m not sure where I heard this…but it goes something like this — It is through your deepest struggles, that you reach for you highest goals. I think what that means is; when we are at our lowest, at what we perceive to be rock-bottom, there is no where else for us to go but up. It is at these times of complete hopelessness, that we consciously choose to either give-up, or to push past our pain and reach for our dreams. We need to try and remember this, so when we are deep in our own despair over a perceived failure, we can recognize our pain, and see it as an opportunity to reach for our dreams.