Dear Failure –
Thank you for all you taught me in the past year. Thank you for the many politically-correct “challenges & opportunities” that you brought to my door step to “enhance my learning curve” through unexpected setbacks, more money out of my wallet, lost time in the pursuit of goals & ambitions, and the taste of utter defeat like a sour rhubarb pie left in my mouth at every turn I could possibly anticipate; and even more that I couldn’t. They say, Failure, that you make me stronger for all that I experience – that somehow, I learn more from you than I could possibly ever imagine learning from the much happier yang to your yin, Success. What I’ve learned in earnest is that you are Trouble Walkin’. As well, and unfortunately, Failure and Success have a philosophical tendency to be cyclical. So, to the assumption that we arrive at Success ultimately through Failure, I borrow the words of the fictional character Justin Jones in responding to a superior who claims she knows they’ve been through h-e-double-hockey-stick, “B$%#&, we’re still here!” (Special Note I: Ladies & Gentlemen, that last quote is not for the faint of heart. Great Luck on your search!) To all of the “They Philosophy” blessing your guidance in my life, I say hogwash.
To quote the immortal words of the great American philosopher, Jon Bon Jovi, “Call it Karma, call it Luck, Me I just don’t give a….a….uh…uh… an ‘Oh, Darn!’” (Special Note II: OK, look, this is paraphrased. Even though he never actually says THE word, this may still be a kid’s channel, so we watch our words somewhat. Or, at least we try to!). In this new year, 2012, I’m taking Jon’s words to heart. I’m fighting back! I’m not going to take you & your so-called learning experiences lying down! This year, I’m going to Bounce back and win a round or two. I’m going to do a better job of counting my Successes. I’m going to do an even better job of creating more of them. I’m going to do the best job I can of keeping you, dear Failure, out them completely!
In 2012, I greet you, Failure, arm-in-arm with Lady Success. Together, we will conquer your tenacity for black clouds, black holes, and snatching defeat from the jaws of Victory. After all, life, given its glorious ups & downs, is to be enjoyed; and, as we learn all too often, is also too short (RIP: JimboW, SidneyR. Those you left behind will not forget you.). To smile in your all-too-smug face will be my pleasure when you think you’ve trumped me. You will find your efforts to sabotage my dreams, actions, and determination, will die in vain at my doorstep with no hope for resuscitation. You won’t be invited to our party.
Beyond a Shadow of a doubt, 2012 will be the year I count on, date, and embrace Lady Success, and leave you, Madame Failure, far behind. In the immortal words of another great American philosopher, Stephen Pearcy –
“You’ve got to pay to play, so don’t you stand in my way…”
Raise A Victorious Glass!
May Your 2011 Be Followed By A Successful, Prosperous, Healthy, & Self-Fulfilling 2012!
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