Just a Reminder: You Haven’t Failed

Wow, fall is here and I can’t believe how quickly it came.  We are one week away from October and it just feels like the year went by too quick for me.  I feel like we are in the home stretch and I am already planning for the new year.  I know a lot of moms are doing the same thing.  So, if you are in the place where you are planning for next year, that means that you probably are in a place where you can look back at what you wanted to accomplish, but maybe haven’t quite gotten there yet.  That could be a sore spot for some.  I am here to encourage you.  I want to give you a small reminder, that you haven’t failed.   

See, I know what you’re thinking.  “It’s almost the end of the year, I haven’t hit my goals!”  I feel the same way in some instances, especially since I’m starting back up with homeschooling.  I feel like everything else I want to do may end up on the back burner.  It’s okay.  It’s all good.  We often times set so many goals for ourselves, which is not bad.  It’s just that sometimes they are unattainable.  Why?  Because life happens.  Life happens and it knocks you off your rocker.  There are setbacks and there are sit-backs. 

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you…”– Dr. Seuss 

Setbacks are the minor things.  Small disruptions, that just put you behind for a couple of hours or maybe even a day.  Maybe you missed your alarm or that meeting ran a little late.  That’s a setback.  Sit-backs are the ones that are so far out of your control that all you can do is sit back and go with the flow.  With either one, you cannot constantly use it as your measuring stick for success.  You have not failed because of your small setbacks or your large sit backs.  Do not let this dictate how you choose to prepare in the future.  Adjust accordingly? Sure, if you can.  Dictate?  Never, because too many times it’s out of our control.   

For example, did you know that I was late to post this today?  It’s true.  Yesterday, I was having the worst day of my entire life.  Kidding!  I’m being dramatic, but I did have a fever.  Which wasn’t fun.  It just popped up out of nowhere.  I wasn’t able to type up what I wanted to yesterday, and now here we are.  I was so frustrated because I had everything all planned out.  I knew what I was going to type, I even had the outline prepared.  It was easy for me to get down on myself.  Amazing isn’t?  How easy it is to find the fault in ourselves rather than finding the beauty in our shortcomings.   The truth is, I haven’t failed.  You haven’t failed either.  Whatever goals you have set for the year, do not be discouraged.  You still have time.  If you don’t have time, that’s okay too.  Why?  Because life happens and our lists do not have a say in how we see ourselves.  God does. 

“And will you succeed?  Yes!  You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)”- Dr. Seuss 

Every day you wake up is a chance to do what you’ve been placed here to do.  Not your lists, but your purpose.  So just in case you needed a reminder today, I want you to know that you haven’t failed.   


“So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!  Today is your day!  Your mountain is waiting.  So...get on your way!- Dr. Seuss