“There are two ways to live your life – one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”
What is the secret of never failing?
Everything that we see can be viewed from two perspectives. The first is what it appears to be. The second is what it actually meant for.
A teapot is a teapot as it looks like a teapot. But it does not need to be a teapot. It can be turned into a sugar container; or displayed as a piece of art to please the eyes.
What you can see in a teapot is the being, but the actual usefulness of a teapot is the non-being. The fact that you have fallen is a being. What you can do with the fall is a non-being.
The secret of never failing lies in the way you see the non-being.
What is that usefulness of a fall?
If you see falling as a failure, it is a failure and the usefulness of the fall is something typically associated with failure. It can be a stigma and this can be, of course, dismaying.
If you see the fall as one of the series of steps along the journey to your dream or a building stone for your success, then the usefulness is no longer failures. It becomes a part of success, rather than failure.
If every act of failing can be viewed as something useful for success rather than failure, you will never fail! Each failure in the conventional sense becomes something like Edison’s 10,000 attempts to create a light — a necessary stepping-stone to achieving your dreams — and an element of success.
Like what Einstein said, “There are two ways to live your life – one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”
We also find something similar in Lao Tzu’s Tao Te King:
Disaster, has its roots in happiness,
and happiness, lurks in disaster.
Who knows when this cycle will end?
— Tao Te Ching quotes Verse 58
Thanks to Amre for the picture