Question of the Week #197

What has been your biggest disappointment in life? Your biggest failure?

Well… I didn’t wake up this morning with millions of dollars in my account. So, there’s that.

Just kidding. Not about the part where I don’t have millions of dollars. No, that’s very much a reality. I’m kidding about that being a disappointment. You can’t be disappointed if you get what you’re expecting.

Here’s the thing, no one would accuse me of being an optimist. At least, not generally speaking. I used to argue that I’m a realist, but I’ve since discovered that, more often than not, that’s just a pessimist going by a pseudonym. But when it comes to being disappointed in life situations or my “biggest failures,” I don’t look back at these things necessarily as disappointments or failures.

Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes they’re big… other times, not so much. How we move forward from those mistakes determines whether or not they should be counted as disappointments or failures. If we learn from a mistake, was it a true failure?

What do you think? Am I off base with that interpretation of the question? Do you have any disappointments or failures that you want to own up to? Let me know in the comments!

*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.

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3 thoughts on “Question of the Week #197

  1. I get called an optimist all. the. time. People at work asked me last week how I could be happy all the time. People who can’t remember my name call me sunshine or smiley lol But I totally agree that if we learn from our mistakes then they aren’t really mistakes! There’s always an opportunity to learn from things and then we can’t really be disappointed!

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  2. I agree with the way you think. I think mistakes should be viewed as a good thing so that we will be less afraid to make them. Successful people will tell us they got to where they are by being willing to make mistakes while trying to figure things out. You can’t even learn to walk or ride a bike without being willing to take a fall, well at least most of us can’t 🙂 There are things I could have done better but I don’t have major regrets. Life is a learning experience.

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  3. My biggest regret was divorcing your dad. I’ve felt guilty everyday with all the what if’s. Would he have lived longer if I’d stayed. I know you said is it really a regret if we learned from it. But it is my one regret that I will never know the answer to. The one thing I do know, is that I never stopped loving him and I miss him every day. I was and will always be grateful we stayed friends until the end. And I will forever be grateful that we had two of the most amazing children in the world! I know he is as proud of you as I will always be. I love you and April forever and always!!! ❤️

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