Failure and dejection and the end of the tunnel

Everyone fails. Some do so spectacularly, some in small pieces, some do it more often than others. And I suspect most of us get dejected by failure and take time to recover, if we do.

J K Rowling, in a talk at Harvard, gives a very interesting view on ‘the fringe benefits of failure’ and how extreme failure can actually strengthen you because you have seen the worst and survived. Rowling does not glorify failure, or trivialize the uncertainty about when (and if) the dark phase will end. She points out, however that failure strips off the inessentials and frees a person to do what is important.

I think this is true of any setback. It could be a critical illness, it could be a loss of someone near and dear, or any stress or misery caused by external forces and disasters. Anything, in short, that causes people to suddenly examine what their identity is associated with, or shocks them out of it. Now if only I can remember that next time things go wrong!

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About Swapna Kishore
I'm a writer, blogger, and resource person for dementia/ caregiving in India. I have also been a dementia caregiver for well over a decade, and am deeply concerned about dementia care in India; on this blog I share my personal caregiving journey, my experiences as a resource person for dementia care, and musings on life, aging, dementia in India, and such sundries. More about me and the work I do for dementia care. For structured information on dementia, for discussions, tools and tips on caregiving issues, for resources in India, and for caregiver interviews, please check my website http://dementiacarenotes.in (or its Hindi version, http://dementiahindi.com). For videos on dementia caregiving (English and Hindi), check the youtube channel here.

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