Sparks #18

IMG_4180My friend Annie at McGuffy’s Reader started a wonderful blog hop called Sparks with the intent to share an inspirational thought each Monday, and she’s invited us to join her. I think this is an awesome idea, and a great way to start the week!

I think the above quote is something so important for us to learn, and to teach our children. We tend to feel that we have failed every time something doesn’t go as planned, but in reality those “failures” are just learning lessons, teaching us what to do differently next time.

Sometimes it might take several “failures” to figure out the right answers, most certainly the case of my previous marriages.  I had to ask myself what I was doing wrong,  and I discovered in large part that I was choosing wrong. So I made a choice to make change  my way of thinking and what path I wanted my life to take.

We can apply that life lesson in big and small ways.  If something isn’t working out, ask yourself why, and discover what you’ve learned from the failure. Then do something different!

The only true failure in life is when we stop trying to figure something out and give up. Did I fail at my previous marriages? Yes, I did. But I learned many important things from those failures which enable me to have a very good marriage to a very good man now, so I am grateful for those life lessons.

Come and check out Sparks, find your inspiration for the week there,  and maybe share something too!

untitled (51)Many of you are familiar with the “Thought for the Day” posts on my Facebook page that carry more messages of hope and encouragement. I post a new one each morning, drop by and check them out.  🙂

Author: Josie Two Shoes

I've been blogging off and on since August of 2006. I adopted the pen name Josie Two Shoes in 2007 as I began a new chapter of my life standing on my own two feet. Now I'm married to the man of my dreams; we live in dusty West Texas with a house full of furkids. I am an Aquarian by birth, and although I am past sixty and slightly frayed around the edges, my fascination with this thing called life continues. Faith, family, and friends are important to me; so are honesty, trust, tolerance, compassion and kindness. I'm pretty up front about most things, so if you want to know something more about me, just ask! :-) You can also reach me by email and find me at my Facebook page.

16 thoughts on “Sparks #18”

  1. A good reminder that life is a journey and not a destination. We grow through learning from our mistakes. I always find lots to think about on your daily inspirations

    1. Exactly, we haven’t “arrived” at a final destination of failure or success, we are just making our way along the path of life with all we encounter. We do learn, I learn a bit slowly at times, but I get it eventually! 🙂 I’m glad you like my daily FB posts, I enjoy doing it!

  2. Great advice. And don’t be too hard on yourself over divorce. It takes two to make marriage work. ~nods~ Happy Sparks Monday!

    1. Thanks Darla! I have no deep regrets over those relationships their demise. They were never meant to be, and it is impossible for one person to change the course of a relationship on their own. But I learned a great deal in life from them, so despite the pain, and the abuse, I am so very thankful!

  3. Interesting quote, Josie. I am sure some will agree with this. Through experience, we are supposed to learn. I think we are meant to share that, too. Of course, some may not be ready to learn. They won’t hear the wisdom until they are ready. But, we still need to put it out there. Thanks for sharing your Sparks.
    Sparks: 18
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

    1. That is my point, Annie. We learn from our mistakes so they serve a purpose; being human we aren’t going to do everything right the first time, or make all correct decisions. We can wallow in our failures or we can use them to increase our understanding of what to do different/better next time. We can also learn from the wisdom of others if we are open to what they have to share. Sadly, we can’t force what we know on anyone, they may not be ready to hear the message. Sometimes that can be painful to watch.

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