Advice from a Failure

the unexpected pleasures of not succeeding

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Farewell from the Failure

Farewell from the Failure

Sep 4, 2016 | No Comments

Yes! it is Haere Ra and Farewell from the Failure! For now at least. I have decided to set aside my work on the failure project and move on to something, well, more encouraging. I will be leaving the Advice from a Failure site active, and may continue to post from time to time. But […]

On Trying and Not Trying

On Trying and Not Trying

Jul 14, 2016 | 2 Comments

One dear reader of this blog asked me recently about trying and when you could know that you have tried enough. When is it time to admit failure and walk away? At first I tried to answer this by thinking about times when trying is clearly no longer necessary, such as when someone has died […]

Failure and Community

Failure and Community

Jul 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

The Messenger Mary Oliver My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let […]

Be prepared to lose your way

Advice from a Failure is the culmination of my years of meditation practice, my academic background in cultural studies, and my spiritual, poetic and therapeutic interests. These are all gathered together under the rubric of Failure.

I believe Failure gathers the counter-cultural energies inherent in spiritual, therapeutic and political work that is founded in compassion, care and concern for others, inclusivity and social justice.

Failure stands against the fierce individualism of late capitalism that emphasises personal advancement above every other need or question.

Advice from a Failure is offered as encouragement to anyone weighed down by a sense of personal failure, in any area of life. It is an invitation to discover what failure has to offer. Beyond shame and despair we can explore the pleasure and possibilities of failure. Success is overrated! Onward to failure!

 

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