Failure a perspective
Careful of invective
Objective measure a fixed goal
Reaching not always whole

Always value what you learn
Usually more than short term
As you go here to there
Sometimes lessons not so clear

What’s missing for you to do
What change in beingness too
Missed goals motivation
Success tomorrow the salvation

Fall short on your path
Resist your own wrath
Develop perspective context too
Allow yourself talk it through

One step another play the game
Losing today no sense of shame
Critique failure so it’s known
Pick up go temporarily home

Failure not getting knocked down
Failure staying on the ground
When low facing a cusp
Time to pick yourself up

No failure when you play
Failure if you stay away
Whatever has important meaning
Engage fully presence beaming

What was learned when you did not reach a goal?
Did it inspire higher aspirations?

– Stewart Levine ©

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