I think I’m most right when i say we all learn something each day, no matter how insignificant it may be. At first thought you may disagree, but stop…think…ask yourself what new thing did i learn yesterday? It i might be difficulty at first to recall if you suffer from short-term memory or perhaps super tired when you get home. I usually set aside time when i get home and lying down in bed to reflect on what happen in the day, what never when the way replay images in my head the way i wanted it to go. It’s a sort of reinforcement of a high-level of consciousness.
The WordPress Daily Challenge today ask:
Share one thing that you learned recently.
Bonus: Share one thing you wish you learned recently (Ninja skills, teleportation, etc.).
For today’s blog entry i want to focus on FAILURE, something that we all aren’t strangers to but yet fear. It’s the one simple word, next to someone breaking up with you (I’m told), that can incapacitate the most powerful among us. If you don’t believe me, listen Oprah or any successful person who’ve made it from crayons to perfume.
The lessons one can learn from failure are insurmountable, and of course depends on how you look at it. The movie In The Pursuit of Happyness is perhaps the best known movie example I can think of at the moment that deals with this issue of failure starring Will Smith, Thandie Newton and Jaden Smith. Will Smith plays the role of a struggling salesman whose world is crumbling before and around him. His wife leaves him, he loses his house, his bank account, and credit cards and is forced to live out in the streets with his son. The movies unfolds with Will Smith desperately seeking a steady job, which takes him along the paths of a stockbroker, but before he can receive pay, he needs to go through 6 months of training….it’s a tough world.
None of us likes failing anything, whether its a regular class, a final exam (good God, I know this feeling) or a job interview; but really is failing all that bad? I’ve been through some rough patches, and I’m certain other persons ave gone through similar and even worse patches. However the attitude that one approaches failure is what determines if a lesson is learn or you will make the said mistake or worse again. I won’t tell you I don’t sulk, get upset, say “that’s it I’m giving up” and all sorts of madness when I fail. I think, like all humans my first reaction is to blame myself or find a reason to cast blame on; it just seem like it will make things better. But then it does and in a flash I have to take responsibilities.
However, I’ve reach a point in life now (please remember I’m still a youth and under 30), where I step away or just seclude myself from persons who will blame me for what when wrong and dissect the situation for myself. Asking myself, “what could I have done better”, “why didn’t i see this option instead” and other questions. Some may say its self-torture, but its a process where see things for what they are and take the steps to remedy them and motivate oneself to succeed.
Before I going I want to leave you all with the quote: “Failure is an option in a controlled way”, so it really doesn’t matter how much time you fail, it could be 100 times the one time you success will feel great.
I’m going to leave you with one of my favourite Youtube video that looks at the mishaps of Honda racers, designers and engineers and how they have drawn from their failure to motivate them to succeed. From poor color choices to blown race engines, these risk-taking individuals provide an honest look at what most people fear most. Watch the film and discover the upside of failure.
I however wish I had the skill of playing the violin, I find it very peaceful and believe it would fulfill me.
Have you ever stop to think what’s your favourite word or what is it that one word or couple words that you’re known for? Got you thinking, right? That’s exactly what WordPress Daily Challenge scored when the day’s was asked: “What is your favourite word? Why?”
Ask if that wasn’t enough another dimension was added to the challenge in that of ‘Bonuses’ asking: “What is your least favourite word? What word are you entirely neutral about? For all your word choices, is it how they sound, or what they mean that defines your opinion of them?”
I delay this post and I’m gonna back date it too, all because I wanted to be accurate of the word I was known to use a lot. I started asking some of my friends, the results were hilarious; no jokes. The responses I got me “OMGing”, “serious”, “oh no”, laughing and hand over mouth.
Before we get to my favourite words, let’s talk about my least favourite. Some of my friends, and perhaps you would agree with them, but its whatever for me. I’ve always dislike hearing the word “no”, frankly I’m not sure if its a dislike or the fact that it was inculcate in me by parents. I vividly remember one Christmas when the family, included a few Uncles, Aunt, and cousins, were over for dinner and I declared (that’s a strong word, so I hope you understand what I mean) that I wanted the leg of this huge Chicken that was raise and killed for the big day. My mother refuse to give me the leg and instead put some other part of the chicken in my plate while at the table. In protest I refused to eat and sat looking at everyone at the table. I was on a strike.
I still can hear the voice of my mother commanding me to eat and still recall how blank I looked at her, especially when she was attempting to raise her voice; I think I would have been 7 years old at the time. My father who had excused himself from the table returned at that moment and enquired what was the problem. I pleaded my case to my father: “Daddy, I wanted the big chicken leg and Mom don’t want to give me.” My Father then turn to my Mother and told her “give ma son what him want, him want the Chicken Leg give it to him.” Of course I smiled in victory, and like in a court of law that was to be the preceding for everything with either my mother or father. While I never got everything I asked for, once I really wanted it I would get it; and often times, once my father was there I would play him to get what I want. I say this to show why “no” is my least favourite word.
I can’t really thing of a neutral word for me, because its either yes or no. I really can’t deal with the chafes from riding the fence. In essence all my word choices all have to do with the meaning and/or opinion I attach to them.
With all that said let’s get into my top ten favourite words:
1. The word “Positive” was said to be a common choice for me, I’m always proclaiming to embrace the good and majority of the time being constructive and sure, rather than skeptical.
2. For some strange reason I love the word “Bitch”, but only restrict it to friends who know I don’t mean nothing offensive using it. I still can remember an embarrassing moment I had during Fashion Nights Out and Corve DaCosta laughed at me and I vowed to severely censor the use of this one, can’t say how successful I’ve been.
3. I love laughing, and general a happy lad. Whenever I’m being told a joke always give out “me love it, me love it”.
4. “Bed” I have a deep love for my bed, I speak about my bed like its my lover.
5. After ‘bed’ if you know me you know I’m going to “Sleep”, after all the older you get the less you sleep so I might as well take capitalise on it from now, right? I know you would agree.
6. “Damn”, I like to use it for straight face, sarcastic comments and a few other things.
7. “Fuck Off”, I’m hiding my face, I really don’t thing I use this word, do you? I think this is the choice words for me to tell you ‘don’t provoke ma peace’.
8. “Yiee”, according to Jhanell “when joke sweet you”.
9. “Fuck” I’m told I say this a lot, don’t really recall using the word much.
10. “Food” or “I’m hungry” is a popular word/phrase for me, yes Yanique Townsend despite the fact that at home and sometimes y’all have to cuss me saying “you need to eat Leethan.”
Something tells me that Corve, Alyssa, Jamila and Christine going to ask me while I never include “Carib“ or “I’m going to the Movies. 😀
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