• Joshua Buchholtz

Starting from Zero and Failure

Starting from scratch (zero) is hard for anyone, especially when you have crafted a perfect routine that you stick to pretty consistently. However, life as it is, does have a way of throwing a wrench in our plans. Sometimes these speed bumps  are blessings in disguise and sometimes they are not (as we see them in the moment).

Throughout the last few months, I have transitioned to a new role at my job. I’ve had to completely switch my mindset to focusing primarily on one task to now juggling it seems like a million tasks at once. Nobody ever said I didn’t like a challenge, right? What once worked before, now has to be completely redone and restructured. All this can seem overwhelming (and believe me at times it was and still is). However, I feel this is one thing that makes us stronger and builds character. With new challenges also comes opportunities for failure.

Failure is one of the “F” words we try to avoid. When we fail, we feel inadequate, low, embarrassed, not up to par, etc… It can be easy to beat yourself up when you fail and that’s okay; just don’t dwell on it. Dwelling on your failures makes it all that more difficult to learn from them.

Re:Zero (Starting Life in Another World); this whole series is based on the subject of failure. Subaru, the main character, has to constantly fail in order to change the course of the story and protect his friends. Can you imagine having to start from “zero” every time you made a mistake? Most of us would want to just pick up and move on. But Subaru makes that conscious decision each and every-time to get up again when he gets knocked down. While Subaru could easily just continue to make the same mistakes over and over, that is like doing the same thing and getting the same results (insanity as most would call it).

Reflecting on our pasts mistakes is how we learn from them. We live and learn as the old saying goes. When (not if) you fail, take that time to learn from the event and make changes to avoid the mistake next time. Failure is just an opportunity to make a pathway for success.

I’ll leave you with this verse from Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever “

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