Women and girls: Do not give up, even when you fail. Failure happens. If it doesn’t, that means NOTHING of worth was happening. Failure is our natural state of being, or at least a part of it. If we aren’t failing at some point, were we really even trying?
Because failure is a way to build and learn and reach higher. We can all learn something from our screw ups, even if it’s merely what not to do next time. Learning new things is a skill, which means we can practice it and hone it and use it again and again and again. Our intelligence, our growth is not a zero sum game! It’s not a case of either you have it or you don’t. You, and I, can learn, experience, grow, get smarter, get wiser, get stronger. I do. And Jesus knows that if I can do something, anyone can. For reals, y’all.
We fail, and then we take the ruins and stack them neatly and use them as a platform, as an elevation, as a method of reaching upward. Build on the ruins. If what you were trying to do was worthwhile, the ruins will be strong and make a great foundation. And if what you were trying to do wasn’t worth your time, well, then now you have a good clean space to work with, right? Time to build again.
Failure does not define us. We define ourselves by our actions and by our choices. How hard we try again and again is what defines us. So, don’t give up trying. It’s our only real option.