Burn & Glow
Sometimes, things fail. Ideas. Health. Partnerships. Relationships. Sometimes we get in our own way before we even give something the opportunity to fail. Maybe we convince ourselves it might fail, so we sabotage it. Or let our fears get the better of us and just hold on to something instead of putting it out into the world. Or we suffocate it with expectations. Maybe we starve it by focusing our attention elsewhere.
I had two great conversations today - one with a friend of many years, one with an acquaintance. These people share a common trait. They are both wildly creative people. They make very different things, but they do so with passion and joy and I find them inspiring. We talked about creativity, but without labelling it as such.
I'm grateful for these chats today, because reflecting on them tonight has led me here:
Sometimes things need to fail. They need to burst into flames and burn to the ground. And what remains are the ashes and coals that continue to glow. Maybe at first it might seem like just a pile of ash, but if you dig around, those coals are there. And if those coals are tended to, not ignored, that's where something better, something brighter can be found. So let them burn.
Failure doesn't have to be an ending. Even when you think it is, it's just another beginning.