There’s a rooster that lives across the street. I think its internal clock is set for 3 A.M., then the snooze button resets for 4:30 A.M. It’s a good thing I’m hard-of-hearing, as it may wake me up, or it may not, as I don’t know if it actually crows.
At least if it disappears I can’t be blamed.
Peter had major problems but not hearing the rooster was not one of them.
He failed as great, certainly in his own eyes, as any man could fail. It happened. His chewed-up, eraser-wasted, stub-of-a-pencil life would be forever on display for all to read.
And yet, ironically, as surely as the sun rises – which event is often believed to be announced by a rooster – that experience became the tipping, and the turning, point of who he was to become.
But then humble reflection isn’t going to happen anyway if we don’t first take an honest look in the mirror.
In her opinion piece entitled, “Character still matters in politics,” Rose Wilson writes in the May 29th “Deseret News”, that she’s not choosing one of the party candidates for president. Wilson wants “a president who has lived the American experience, who has faced tough times and risen above them. Above all, we need a president who is intelligent and compassionate.”
My choice? I want a failure.
In the same publication, nearly five years previous, Timothy R. Clark, who earned a doctorate from Oxford University and is the best-selling author of “Epic Change” and “The Leadership Test,” expounded on the benefits of facing our failures.
“Success is traceable to failure. Often our failures become the most formative and defining experiences of our lives.” It’s what makes you, you, according to Clark.
“Failure is not a tragedy. Not learning from failure is a tragedy. Quitting is a tragedy.”
The benefits of being “honest with ourselves” and others? “We square up to our strengths and weaknesses,” hopefully then finding those with complimentary assets to build a stronger team.
Plumbing the depths of failure, wringing every dripping ounce of the perspiration it admittedly takes from the introspection with regards our faults, is to “become more real, more genuine and less motivated to impress people by showcasing only our successes.”
Just ask Peter.