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Frank Lloyd Wright anecdote, John Andrew Holmes, Portuguese proverb,
Boris Pastenak,
Morihei Ueshiba, Wayne Teasdale, Bruce Larson

Dear Readers,

Life is full of counter-intuitive paradoxes: "Less is more," for instance.
One of the more interesting ones is that failure so often is a signpost
on the road to success. It never feels that way; we have to be willing
to set aside our knee jerk reactions to what we think are mistakes.

At the very least, failures teach us what not to do! But there is also a
bigger picture that we cannot see, yet the Divine does: major benefits
resulting from our failures that we don't see until much later. Often,
these wind up being the greatest blessings of our life. So don't
be too quick to label the unexpected result a "failure."

- Lisa

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Duomo in Florenece, Italy
The Duomo, Florence, Italy  Photo by Chuck Bowman        All rights reserved


Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once told of an incident that
seemed insignificant at the time, but had a profound influence
on the rest of his life. The winter he was nine, he went walking
across a snow-covered field with his reserved, no-nonsense
uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the field, his
uncle stopped him. He pointed out his own tracks in the snow,
straight and true as an arrow's flight, and then young Frank's
tracks meandering all over the field. "Notice how your tracks
wander aimlessly from the fence to the cattle to the woods
and back again," his uncle said. "And see how my tracks
aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that."

Years later the world-famous architect liked to tell how this
experience had greatly contributed to his philosophy in life.
"I determined right then," he'd say with a twinkle in his
eye, "not to miss most things in life, as my uncle had."

Cited from Focus on the Family Letter
September, 1992


Never tell a young person that anything
cannot be done. God may have been waiting
centuries for someone ignorant enough of
the impossible to do that very thing.

John Andrew Holmes


Stumbling is not falling.

Portuguese proverb

view of duomo from the uffizi musem in florence, italy
Photo by Lisa Bowman   All rights reserved

I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled.
Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value.
Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.

Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)
Poet and novelist


Failure is the key to success;
each mistake teaches us something.

Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969)
Famous martial artist

...Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of the martial art aikido
and author of "The Art of Peace," shows here, failure
is not an end but a beginning, because it reveals some-
thing that will assist us in moving forward...Of course,
we don't typically view failure as a key to success be-
cause it is painful. But we all experience failure in our
lives. It's part of growth and maturity. What we learn
from each instance of failure becomes the basis of our
ultimate success if we approach each mistake with
awareness and learn to make the necessary changes.
Do not flee the moments of failure.

Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004

The Last Word:

Quite often the absence of immediate
success is the mark of a genuine call.

From "My Creator, My Friend,"
by Bruce Larson
Word, 1986

































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole
lot easier than getting him back in.

Proverbial wisdom


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