Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Do you realize that we never celebrate failures as much as we should? The only place failure still gets honored is in Kinder Garten where little children get all sorts of candy, kisses and applause just for trying and of course, the military where the dead are hailed as martyrs and heroes. Everywhere else, failure is punitive from classrooms to bedrooms to workrooms. BUT NOT ANY MORE ... 

Today, I am going to thank everyone and everything that disappointed me in my life. I just realized that I never get to really thank them enough.  Like everyone else, I am too preoccupied being grateful for the wonderful, positive things that worked out in my life without realizing that the things that worked out is also because of the countless other negative things that got out of the way just in time. Bad things, annoying people and terrible experiences form the very important data-set for "How I don't want to be and what I don't want" and help me shape my world-view through a process of elimination. So, here's a huge shout-out to ALL THINGS THAT SUCK: most of the research ideas I keep getting, all the horrible work opportunities that made me cringe, all the knuckle-head bosses, all those uninteresting people I met and never again took them seriously, my own talents in flirting, all the bad books and bad movies made by talentless self-acclaimed art-farts that wasted my time while giving me clarity on the value of true art in the process, vacuous public personalities full of delusional douchebaggery, all the miserable-tasting food, modern news journalism and rainy days in freezing winters. A huge thanks to y'all. 

But, hey, I am a sportive guy. If I ever pissed you off, I totally accept your heart-felt appreciation of my contribution to your happy existence. You are welcome !!! 

From a purely risk management stand-point, guiding your life based on “I don’t want to be an sucker” is a more effective strategy than “I want to be a good gentleman” where you’ll argue too much in your sleep over the definitions of words like “good” and “gentleman”. Just Sayin’ …



7 comments :

smanu said...

"Failure is punitive..." so true! I only hope the current times mature to understand the true spirit of competition.

I'd rather congratulate you on a tough failure that gave u the courage and strength to accept it in ur stride, than on an easy victory! And despite earnest efforts and dedication if somebody did fail, I only see it as a failure to make the person within win.

smanu said...

And having said that I have been accustomed to celebrate the completion of a task rather than its result, so I get to celebrate most of the times :)

Sash! said...

@ smanu: hehe ... me too ...

you have no idea of my decidedly low standards for feeling good and walk around town with head held high ... just starting a task before deadline is a success for me sometimes ... :)

Twilight Musings said...

@Sash!

Hehe. I am there with you.

". just starting a task before deadline is a success for me sometimes ... :)"

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