Failure for Thought

failure learning Nov 13, 2015

A poem I wrote as a reflection on my values as a mountain biker and as a learner:

You can fail in action or from inaction.

Failure from inaction arises as increasingly potent and painful signs.

Failing from actions is obvious, and culturally avoided. Tricky.

A dis-harmony between body and mind creates the developmental tension necessary to drive us to face failure through action.

Failure helps us to more accurately calibrate our body and mind with the realities of the world.

We can use sport and yoga to practice failing.

Embedded in every failure is opportunity.

We must be conscious of when we fail in order for the opportunity to fully emerge.

Honoring this opportunity is the pre-requisite of healthy growth.

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