Failure, Oh Sweet Failure!

by Patrick Liew on August 20, 2019

Failure, Oh Sweet Failure!

Amidst the travails of life

A kind teacher comes

With a wonderful lesson in hand

Her name is Ms. Sweet Failure.

Within her lesson plan

Are things we must understand;

Failure is part of life

A positive experience for man.

In failures we may find

Painful feelings and sorrow

But in these we mustn’t wallow

Instead build strength, improve, and our dreams follow.

Beneath every failure unearthed

Is a positive feedback to be heard

Which catapults us forward

With better skills and wisdom.

If we meet failures head on
In our life’s journeys we must go on.

Mere stopovers must not deter us,

From meeting our goals with resilience.

For the one who sees wisdom in failure,

Is the one who always succeeds.

For though his goal he hasn’t met yet,

He is endowed with humility, grit, and new skills set.
Such values Ms. Sweet Failure shares

Even her ward has long left her class

Such lessons in life we bear

When we receive of failure our fair share.

What then of failure must we do?

First, prepare for what it could do worst

Taking a proactive stance when failures loom

Wins half the battle,

removes the gloom.

Embrace the truth that life is in part

Setbacks, failures, pain, and hurt.

To have this compels us to prepare

On what to do in case we fail.

This way life then becomes

A series of successes,

failures none.

For when one door shuts,

there is another door

That opens to where bright hopes have gone.

Develop a mind geared to succeed

Despite failures we meet

Failure is no failure unless we say it is,

Let no grumble, gripe or grouse throw our dreams to pits.

Life is in fact a day-to-day test

That is a reality we shouldn’t detest

For while we cannot change our challenges

We can control our attitude and be our best.

What have you become when once you failed?

Indeed a failure, or a victor undeterred?

What becomes of us is what we make of us

Failure may try hardest, but we can choose to rise above.

So my friends, Ms. Sweet Failure reminds,

Life can be a sweet success

If but from failures

We do our best!


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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