Originally posted 12/09:
I'm thinking back on the year, which is not something I'm prone to do--the end of December seems a relatively arbitrary to for self-assessment. I guess I prefer to keep a running tab on my successes and failures. But after talking with Todd Demong this week, I looked back and discovered that it was sort of a crappy year professionally. Todd assured me that this was fine, and that one only really grows and learns when one fails--that successes teach you almost nothing. Viewed in that way, this year must have taught me a ton.
The same day I talked to Todd I was reading some poems by Walt Whitman (yeah, I read poetry, wanna make something of it?) and I came across these lines:
|Have you heard that it was good to gain the day?|
|I also say it is good to fall—battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.|
And Whitman knew a thing or two about losing the day, you know?
I'm attempting a few things in the new year. I suppose I'll have more opportunities to succeed or fail.
I know which I'm hoping for.
UPDATE: It seems like things are holding steady since I first posted this, nearly a year ago. Successes and failures and things I'm doing to improve myself and make the successes happen more frequently. I'll write more about all of this soon, I'm sure.