As it abundantly apparent by now, I will not being blogging every day of the Krotona invitational. And most of the video I took turned out to be unwatchable.
At one point during my Krotona group’s conversation, we got onto the subject of effort, risk and failure. I frequently see the risk of failure subverting effort. It’s a subtle process, and largely unconscious in most. Personally, I think one of the most useful practices we can take on as spiritual leaders, as humans, is becoming friendly with failure.
And with all due modesty, I can say that I am one who is on intimate terms with failure.
As has been pointed out to be time and time again, and always deservedly, I have a great, contagious enthusiasm for beginnings, but abyssmal follow through. I have a lot of great ideas, but few them ever live to the light of day. It certainly isn’t that I am unaware, it’s just that each time I get excited, it really feels like this time will be different. And I disappoint myself far more freqently than anyone else. For every eventually failed endeavor I have shared with others, there are two or three more that simply fade into the recesses of my mind with only the spark of promise.
Nonetheless, I do keep trying. Occassionally, others will join in and the collective will have more endurance that I would individually. My hope remains that this blog, despite my fits and starts, will stay just active enough that it will provide a platform for others, perhaps those for whom inspiration is in greater balance with steadiness.
My consolation is, oddly enough, found in sports. Recently, the football quarterback Brett Favre set the NFL record for career passing touchdowns. Basically, he became the most successful quarterback in football history. Shortly thereafter, he also set the record for career interceptions. In baseball, Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times. All sports stats reveal that those that succeed the most are the same who fail the most. The key is that they keep trying.