‘Yesterday is but a dream, Tomorrow is only a vision . But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day.’
Under ordinary circumstances, the term ‘failure’ is a negative term. This post will give it a positive term . The word ‘failure’ has brought unnecessary grief and hardship to millions of people. Have we seen whether that which we so often looked upon as ‘failure’ is not , in reality, but, ‘temporary defeat’. Moreover, let us see if this ‘temporary defeat is not a blessing in disguise for the reason that it brings us up with a jerk and redirects our energies along different and more desirable lines.
Strength grows out of resistance, and that sound character is usually the handiwork of reverses, and setbacks, and temporary defeat, which the uninformed part of the world calls ‘failure’. As a matter of fact, there is a great and lasting lesson in every reverse, and in every defeat; and, usually, it is a lesson that could be learned in no other way than through defeat.
Defeat often talks to us in a ‘dumb language’ that we do not understand. If this were not true, we would not make the same mistakes over and over again without profiting by the lessons that they may teach us.
At each point of your life you thought you were a failure, look back and notice that it was nothing more than a kindly, unseen hand, that halted you in your chosen career and with great wisdom forced you to redirect your efforts into more advantageous pathways.
Be thankful for the defeat which men call failure, because if you can survive it and keep on trying it gives you a chance to prove your ability to rise to the heights of achievement in your chosen field of endeavour.
There can be no failure for the man ‘who still fights on’. A man has never failed until he accepts temporary defeat as failure.