I am a Type A, high achiever, always won the awards for academics, never really struggled at school. The thought of a grade lower than an "A" was not in my vocabulary. To me the word failure precipitated disappointment to my family, myself and to what I could accomplish. Insecurites grew out of that thought process and nothing postive was learned.
How much wiser I would have been to learn that failing at something is really a valuable lesson. Over the years I have failed at things, miserably, and lamented what went wrong and what I could have done differently. I have come to realize that the amazing thing that can come from failure is learning how to improve myself, be more prepared and be ready to learn that there are many people who are smarter, wiser, much more educated than I and that is okay. It is acceptable to ask for help and embrace the wisdom of those who surround you.
Perhaps failure is really about learning who is in control of our lives. As a believer I am surrendering my life to the Heavenly Father, who knows everything that is right for my life. He knows my destiny, my past, my present and He wants me to learn that humility comes from failure. Dependence on Him for my every need, is not based on what I accomplish but instead on living a life of obedience and trusting Him for the next step. I know that each day He provides new mercies for me. I have no worries, and no doubt that His love is deeper , wider and more sufficient than any accomplishment I make in my life. Leaning on Him is the key to accepting failure and celebrating successes. The next time things don't go according to plan, sit back and reflect that was then, this is now, and move forward!