Enjoy three-minutes-and-fifty-one-seconds of my miscues.
And consider how each miscue you make can strengthen you and maybe help someone else. Don’t be ruled by fear of failure.
President Theodore Roosevelt had a way with words. Growing up as a spindly and sickly child, “Teddy” would become an adult exuding energy, purpose, confidence, and resilience. Whatever your view of his politics, his fortitude stands out.
Nearly three decades ago, as I was navigating a major life transition, I gravitated to one of his quotes:
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
The quote reminded me of the importance of not allowing the fear of failure to rule my decisions.
This week’s blog does not purport to be as heady or profound as our former Rough Ridding president. Nor am I discounting the disconcerting reality of life traumas.
But at times, a bit of humor can remind us to lighten up. Especially when we stumble. Such was the case recently as I recorded forty-two videos to accompany my newly released book Stories About Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island.
My wife, bless her soul, served as the videographer. We actually shot each video twice. Once as a “draft” to see how they looked. The second time was the final shoot. So, in reality, we shot eighty-four videos over a four-month period. (Did I mention how much I love my wife’s patience?)
And each video had a number of “do-overs” due to errors on my part, environment interference, or technical glitches. I decided to gather up some of those clips and put them into one video of outtakes. More than three minutes of my mistakes and frustration. And each time I watch it, I howl with delight. I have to admit, there were times during the video sessions that I felt like giving up. For a variety of reasons, I’m glad I didn’t.
Again, Teddy Roosevelt said, “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
Or as Anthony Burgess is reported to have said, “Laugh and world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.”
So, enjoy three-minutes-and-fifty-one-seconds of my miscues. And consider how each miscue you make and encounter can strengthen you and maybe help someone else.
Video recommendation for the week:
So, you think it’s easy to make videos?
Make it an inspiring week, a wonderful holiday season, and H.T.R.B. as needed.
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