When Failure Came Knocking

It takes a while to learn that failure is written in pencil. As you live you will fail. Not once or twice but as many as times it takes to get it right. It’s sad, put our society seems to shine a light on our failures more than it does our victories. Our community doesn’t reward defeat, and you won’t be able to discover that many failures recorded in history books. However, I had to learn that failure is the best teacher.

In college, in order to become a certified counselor, you had to pass a test that is called the Gates. As I remember, I failed this test over 20 times and took it over and over for over 5 years. During this time, I watched all of my classmates pass their test and to add salt to injury, I saw them all graduate until I was the only one left. It was one of the most painful and loneliest times of my life because I felt like throwing in the towel. It felt like I was never going to past that test. No matter how much I studied, it made no difference. The more I took the test, the lower my score got. I even went to see several tutors and that still did not help.

Finally, I just took some time away from it all too clear my mind and came back to take the test. Needless to say, the test was passed with flying colors. All I needed was a little “roof repair” which meant not giving up. Almost like the little engine that could. “I think I can, I think I can” and finally I could. So, yes, I guess it was true. At the end of the day, failure is not an option, but it is written in pencil and can be erased.