Abby Lacey

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Failure is an option

But…
quitting is not an option

Because of other things going on recently, I haven’t managed to 15. Practice Yoga every day even if only for 5 minutes or 31. Once a week, make a meal from one of our many cookbooks. I know it sounds like an excuse and it probably is, but it is what it is.

There have been times when I’ve thought that I’m a failure: It’s so easy, how could I not complete the little tasks every day, week or month? What do I do now? Shall I just give up on the whole thing? Any then I thought, ‘NO’, failure may be an option but quitting is most definitely NOT!

I googled the phrases ‘failure is an option‘ and ‘quitting is not an option‘ to find a plethora of quotes, images, blogs and stories on the subject. Did you know Jonny Wilkinson turned to quantum physics and Buddhism to help his fear of failure and feeling of anticlimax? (The story was in the Daily Mail so not sure how true it is. You can read for yourself here.

An article on tinybuddha.com really resonated with me, How to Release the Fear of Failing: 20 Inspiring Definitions for Failure, and explores the theory that failure is all about one’s own perception and that we’re all similiar in our fear of failure.

Failure, it seems, is not always bad. When Thomas Edison was asked how he felt about failing 2,000 times to make an incandescent light bulb, he replied:

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Quitting, on the other hand, is most definitely not an option and I tell myself that every morning…

“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Gautama Buddha

So as much as I need to learn that it’s OK to not always succeed with my #40b440 list, I must never give up!

I’d love to hear your stories on (not) quitting and what failure means to you.


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#40b440 – Check out my daily updates on Twitter and Instagram, plus see the full list in pictures on Pinterest.

You can also sponsor me for the London to Windsor bike ride, here.

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4. Go to the Opera

Last night I lost my virginity – my opera virginity!

On the hottest day of the year, I was pleased to be spending the evening in an air-conditioned cinema watching ENO’s live streaming of Carmen.

Carmen

Picture courtesy of English National Opera website

I had always envisaged the opera as that scene from Pretty Woman but on a night out in Reading, it was less ball gown and tiara and more shorts and flip flops!

I know I sound like an ignoramus, but it took some time for me to get my head round the ‘no dialogue, just singing’ thing – which was probably not helped but my contempt of musical theatre (caused by over-exposure during my teenage years!). Once I ‘got it’ though, I found myself really drawn into the macho, dark atmosphere.

Despite being in a cinema, you really felt you were part of the Coliseum’s audience (helped no doubt by the HD transmission); so much so, that when the actual audience applauded and gave a standing ovation, I found it very difficult not to join in!

So, from opera virgin to (hopefully) opera regular although I’m more than happy to keep it local and go to the cinema with air con, popcorn and subtitles!

For more information on ENO’s Opera at the Cinema, visit: eno.org/experience/eno-screen-live-in-cinemas


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#40b440 – Check out my daily updates on Twitter and Instagram, plus see the full list in pictures on Pinterest.

You can also sponsor me for the London to Windsor bike ride, here.