“The person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything.”
(Sunrise through my bedroom window, one morning last week)
(Afternoon coastal walks.)
(Dinner, I cooked for us all on Saturday, enjoying family time around the table. Creamy lentil Dahl.)
“Benjamin Franklin said ‘I haven’t failed, I’ve had 10,000 ideas that didn’t work.’ Thomas Edison said, ‘Of the 200 light bulbs that didn’t work, every failure told me something that I was able to incorporate into my next attempt.’ Theatre director Joan Littlewood said, ‘If we don’t get lost, we’ll never find a new route.'”
All of them understood that failures and false starts are a precondition of success and that being right is based upon knowledge and experience and is often provable. Knowledge comes from the past, so its often safe – it’s also out of date. It’s the opposite of originality. Experience is built from solutions to old situations and problems. The old situations are probably different from the present ones, so that old solutions will have to be bent to fit new problems (and possibly fit badly).
“Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have. Without having a goal it’s difficult to score.”
Of course, in almost everything I touch on here is in relation to recovery. Since the New Year I’ve been a little directionless in respect to where I’m headed. I’ve always had definitive intensions and perceptions of what I envision for the weeks, months, years down the line, but lately things have been foggy.
I’ve been stalling somewhat, and while thats okay (failure is part of the process, right?), I’m taking this week out to reflect on what I need emotionally in order to recover so I can rescue (and re-evaluate) those visions in order to go forth once again.
I also turned twenty-three today. An exciting and daunting prospect.