Composted Failures

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Composted Failures
We all fail. Failure is an attribute of being human. Most of the time failure is seen or felt as negative. But it doesn’t have to be—even though it stinks.

For those who believe, all things work for the good. What does this mean outside the biblical context where it comes from?

In order to experience the good that can come from failure, you need faith, perseverance, patience, focus, a positive attitude that looks at the big picture, and a tolerance for stink.

Think of compost. If left unattended in the elements it will become wet, rotten, and stinky. On the other hand, if you tend to the compost and turn it so the layers underneath the top ones get exposed to air, you can limit or stop the stink.

Either way, with or without the turning or smell, compost becomes humus and fertilizer—something positive from a negative. So it is with us. Failure fertilizes the future.

Sometimes opportunity and reward are buried under a pile of composted failures. And though the grass might look green over there, the grass under your feet might be greener—under the compost.