The Meaning of Failure
The quote below is reposted from the blog HarsH ReaLiTy, written by Opinionated Man.
His thoughts about disappointment and failure struck a chord with me because someone I love is going through a very difficult and scary time. A difficult thing. Since that post, I’m happy to say that I connected with him and there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
When things go wrong, very wrong, it’s easy to sink into the abyss of failure. And hard to climb out.
But when we see someone sinking, drowning, unable to gasp for air anymore, do we ignore them or reach out at the risk of being spurned?
I took the risk. He has decided to grab onto a branch and climb his way back up to the surface. There’s hope now that things can be resolved. One monkey, then another, flicked off his back.
Opinionated Man is not a failure. Far from it. He’s a successful blogger facing a challenge. But he should overcome it. He can overcome it. He will overcome it.
Don’t ever stop climbing.
The table is set. The wine is poured and the food has been prepped. Everything is in order, as it should be, and the guests should be arriving at any moment! The host waits…
The candles flicker on the table, the wax has melted down to within an inch of the candle holder. The turkey has dried out and the vegetables are cold. The rolls look like they have seen better days, fresher times.
The host sits idly in his throne at the head of the table. But it does not feel like a throne, not today. Today it feels like a prison trapping the man inside with his failures and his fears. The soft classical music in the background does little to soothe the torrent of emotions within. Failure’s touch spreads faster than a virus. Is it failure or the wine that is comforting the host with warmth? He does not care to make the distinction.
The host stands. He looks down at the feast in front of him. He stares at the empty seats surrounding the table.
He shakes his head and walks away.