I’ve seen this on paperweights and wall hangings and t-shirts. It’s an important question and one that I ask myself. But what is failure?
- Getting rejected or turned down? I think I’ve gotten pretty good at rolling with that, and it’s no longer what stops me from trying something.
- Not doing something perfectly? I’ve always been something of a perfectionist, so sometimes it is easier to not try than to do it imperfectly. But I’m getting better at that, too.
- Financially failing? I have lived well, but living within my means has never been easy. And failing financially is a big fear that I have. Stability and constancy has always been important. Knowing my income and where it was coming from. But do I feel like a failure now, that I have nothing stable going on? Not really… maybe it’s different when it’s through no fault. Or maybe losing a home to a natural disaster gives you even more perspective about what is really important – relationships and not things.
- I think losing relationships would be the most devastating form of failure to endure. But I wouldn’t attempt to do anything that would impair relationships, so it shouldn’t take away from a sense of adventure.
So if I knew I could not fail, what I would I attempt? I’ll keep thinking on that, and hope that you do, too!
Off to read!
“Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell was such a fun and unique book! It is told through emails written between two friends and the IT guy whose job it is to monitor emails. When reading the book, I was amazed at how much I liked the characters, how intimately I got to know them, and how much I was smiling while I was reading. A great book. Heartily recommend to anyone!
Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.
When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.
But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.
Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met