Clarifying Steps

Parker Palmer writes,

Within our denial of death lurks fear of another sort:  the fear of failure.  In most organizations, failure means a pink slip in your box, even if that failure, that “little death,” was suffered in the service of high purpose.  It is interesting that science, so honored in our culture, seems to have transcended this particular fear.  A good scientist does not fear the death of a hypothesis, because that “failure” clarifies the steps that need to be taken toward truth, sometimes more than a hypothesis that succeeds (Let Your Life Speak, 90)

What failures have led you toward truth in your life?  What in your life might need to be reconsidered in light of Palmer’s words?


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