The Stepping Stones Of Failure

How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success?

“Not every body gets it.” This was followed by sighs of appreciation in not too many words. For me, it was a good return on the investment of my pain, to hear another young person expressing gratitude for someone understanding the complexity of their emotions. A complexity beyond the acknowledged challenges of understanding the adolescent brain.

I could relate from years of  ‘drama’ in my life, with pain that made no sense, when glimmers of reasoning quickly got choked with the dense smoke of irrationality. I had tried the tool of empathy and being understanding, a futile exercise indeed – for how does one understand irrationality?

It gradually became clear to me, there will always be people you cannot help. A greater lesson that I share with young and old:

You may never be able to help some people to change their behaviour, but you can change how it affects you.

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