The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Mess Things Up.


After all, there is nothing but failure. If at least we have the will to fail we make progress. If we give up each time before we have started we eventually find ourselves in desperation, and finally and ultimately we no longer get out of that desperation and are lost.

We must at least have the will to fail unless the wish to perish at a very early stage, which of course cannot be the intention behind our existence.
–Thomas Bernhard. Yes.

graffiti, Vienna, Austria

11 comments on “Mess Things Up.

  1. kiwiskan
    November 26, 2012

    Totally agree. If you’re afraid of knock-backs no sense even trying…

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 26, 2012

      Exactly! Trying means failing in some ways, but actualizing other things that we may not even know at the time. I like to take a negative Austrian novelist like Bernhard and cheer him up. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. petchary
    November 26, 2012

    And if you don’t even try the first time, how will you ever get the motivation to try another time? It becomes a vicious and self-defeating cycle…

  3. buddhasal
    November 26, 2012

    On my blog I frequently mention the fact; in order to fail you must try first making one a victor anyway. Challenges are there to set forth the growth pattern to develop oneself however that may be.

  4. Enchanted Seashells
    November 26, 2012

    You can’t be afraid to fail. Of course, I am, but this is what I tell my son. Never be afraid to try. Trying IS success. Thoughtful read, thank you!

  5. Mary Ann
    November 26, 2012

    Very inspirational!

  6. journeyman1977
    November 26, 2012

    The amount of times I’ve failed one would think why I even bother to try. But we gotta pick ourselves up and try till we get what we want.

  7. anglophiletoad
    November 27, 2012

    I find that one success tends to make up for any number of failures. Of course, achieving success is predicated upon suffering failure, so fail away! Right?

  8. ramblingsfromamum
    November 28, 2012

    The thought of failing seems to get stronger with age I find. With work for example, the fear of failure because your brain is not what it used to be, your memory is failing, you can’t retain in those little brain cells what you were able to in your youth. However we forge on trying and continue to try to tell ourselves that we may fail, but we have to pick ourselves up and start again.
    Good post.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      November 28, 2012

      This struck me when I was young too. In junior high school, in high school, the fear of a displayed failure? Yikes. Still, as I move along, the times I considered to be failures were usually necessary in finding out what I’m truly made of, who I really am. It’s how we “become,” don’t you think? 🙂 Thanks for reading the post!

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