What’s your opinion of failure?
I think we all have a pretty unique view of it.
I’ll tell you a story of my most recent big failure – I fail, I think, on a daily basis, but this is probably the one in the last week that upset me the most.
This past Saturday, my mom came to visit me. We had 2 goals for Saturday – purchase a security storm door for my home and install it.
My mom is a DIYer – I credit my home decorating and DIY ballsiness to her.
She’s always trying something new or researching some new project for her house.
So we went to a home improvement store, bought the security storm door and brought it home.
We removed the back door exterior brick moulding to my house. We measured. We re-measured. We drilled holes. We measured again. We mitered brick moulding.
But when it came down to putting the storm door in place — even after all the measuring and remeasuring — It wouldn’t fit.
I was so disappointed. I felt like a failure. After all that work. Ugh.
So my mom says to me — and I’m not kidding — in her deep southern drawl.
“Now, there’s no need to stick your lip out like that.”
Yes, I was pouting, but my mother kindly reminded me of all we’d accomplished on Saturday.
We may not have been able to install the door but we:
-Purchased the door and it is now in my possession– if I can hire someone else to do it.
-Discovered an easy to install brick moulding kit – which I can also use to replace the brick moulding on my front door.
-Learned what the hell brick moulding was – and stopped calling it “the door frame wood stuff” or some other clever phrase.
-Learned how to mitre wood and discovered a kit to do it ourselves – I’m happiest about this!
We learned a lot on Saturday.
Overall, I would probably say our experience was a failure because we didn’t accomplish both goals we’d set out to do, but it was a GOOD FAIL.
A fail where I learned a lot, so I can be prepared to succeed or at least fail better next time.