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Reaching for Freedom

The other morning  I was listening to Jian Ghomeshi interview  J.K. Rowling about her new novel “Casual Vacancy” and she said something that struck me, “You have to be free to fail in this life.” She pointed out our creative work should never be an imitation of our previous selves and then we have to be willing to take chances in order to evolve in our work. 098

I know we are all destined to fall on our face from time to time but sometimes the fall is life’s greatest lesson.  We grow and learn from our mistakes which propel us to move forward to take the next chance, work hard, and embrace lady luck.

We have the freedom to move forward and know that there are a world of possibilities.

We all face challenges and obstacles but how we rise above these is the common testament to our strength, will, and creative spirit. So at the start of 2013 I will begin my 365 Day Blog Project and smile knowing that is one small project which may succeed or fail. But that  is all up to me!

Do you believe  a life well lived is one from learning from our failures?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

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  1. I do! J.K. Rowling’s words about failure are some of the most inspirational there are. One in particular moves me when I’m assessing whether or not to take a risk:

    It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

    Have you read her Harvard commencement speech, in great part an address of failure? It’s been months since I first read it, and it still moves me. So powerful.

  2. Q: Do you believe a life well lived is one from learning from our failures?

    A: YES. How else are you going to get better at something if you don’t learn about what you did wrong? Not to mention it’d be a pretty dull life if you never made any mistakes.

  3. Good luck, Belle! I fall on my face, often – usually with an audience. Sometimes I laugh along with them, sometimes I’m speechless and redfaced and hopeful that the earth will open up beneath my feet and swallow me whole. The older I get, though, the better I get at laughing at myself. So I guess I’m learning something!

  4. I believe a life well lived is one where not only do we learn from our own mistakes, but although from that of others. That we should always be challenging ourselves to be better than we were before (be it a blog365 project, taking up photography classes, running a marathon for the first time, or learning Italian). Our lives are sum of all the different experiences that we have, whether we choose them or not, and whenever possible, we should use our resources to be part of experiences that will shape up and expand our horizons, to make us bigger people (in heart & mind).

    Happy New Year Darcie!


  5. Good luck with your project. I’m working on a photo a day type project want to have it up and running by the end of the week… My own little project to succeed or fail!

  6. I definitely believe that the lessons in life, even if at first seem like “failures”, are how you learn and grow and become, hopefully, a better human being. I like to say, “Anything worth doing will take time.” Losing weight took me (and still is) years. Did I want instantaneous results? Sure. However, I constantly reminded myself that I didn’t put the weight on overnight and it wasn’t coming off overnight either.

    Running was a challenge and remains a challenge. Working out most days of the week is a challenge. I make mistakes (overdoing it or not doing it at all). I fall off the fitness wagon. But, I get back on and start again and learn the lesson I need to, even if it’s a repeat lesson.

    Life is an education.

    1. Life is an education and things do take time in life. It’s how we move forward that is key to getting to where we want to go. Wishing you the best on your fitness journey – I know how hard it is and struggle just like you.

  7. Belle, I think this is a quite wonderful post. Being free to fail: it’s being free to create because mistakes are an integral part of growing to an understanding of what it is we want to create. I loved this. Off to share it as widely as I can.

  8. OH, yes, Darcie, I strongly believe that we can learn from our mistakes. And you know the other saying: “Those that DON’T learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.” I am trying to learn and challenging myself to step out and not be afraid. I am afraid of failing, of course, but I am not giving up. Not yet! 🙂

    Happy New Years Amiga!!!

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