An Experiment with Failure

I’m interested in failure lately. I’ve been thinking about it, talking about it, writing about it, and reading about it. All of this has prompted me to experiment on my blog (given its title and all). I’ve decided to record my failures for the next 30 days.

Why would I want to write about my failures?

  • I want to do something that brings me to this spot regularly and briefly. I don’t want to write an essay every time I sit down–just capture a crisp snapshot of something at which I’ve failed, in 250 words or less.
  • It’s something new. I’ve seen dozens of gratitude lists before, written many myself, and see the value of positivity, but I’m a sucker for change. I love new.
  • Autumn is a season that calls for reflection, all the beautiful dying happening around me is the perfect setting for this experiment.
  • It will hone my honesty. (A few people have pointed out lately that I need more of this–but wait, I’ll save the details for an upcoming blog!) There’s a caveat in here of course, so don’t get too excited. I’m not going to share every single failure, and maybe not even the juiciest ones if they expose other people and relationships who haven’t signed up for publication.

Later, after my 30-day trial is over, I’ll take a look at all my shortcomings and mishaps to see what I can learn. Maybe I’ll even pull something meaningful out of this whole experiment, but for now I’m simply observing and recording. As negative as this might sound, I’m thrilled to begin. Come join me on my misadventure!september 015

3 thoughts on “An Experiment with Failure

  1. Pingback: Failure #1: Sleeping | Experimenting as we grow

  2. Pingback: Failure #2: Not Being Anne Lueneburger | Experimenting as we grow

  3. I really love the experiment with failure! The Pikachu post made me laugh out loud, it reminded me of Chef Boyardee back in elementary school.

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