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Will Prosperity Make Me Be Happy?

There are many words used to define Prosperity.

Some can be found in Dictionary.com as including: A successful, flourishing, or thriving condition, especially in financial respects; I suspect that this is the one most often used: Financial respects.

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But there are also Other words used as synonyms. These include Abundance, Success, Well-being, Ease, Good, Blessing, Accomplishment, Plentifulness, Godsend and Happiness.

Ernest Homes, in the Science of Mind textbook (page 54) includes in this definition of prosperity the concept of “Truth.” In discussing how to use this philosophy, he concludes that “The practice of the Science of Mind calls for a positive understanding of the Spirit of Truth; a willingness to let this inner Spirit guide us, with the conscious knowledge that ‘The law of the Lord is perfect.’”

In my own interpretation of this philosophy, Prosperity and Truth are synonymous in knowing that there is a Power and Presence for Good in the Universe and that we can use it. Indeed, if one were to think about it, that there is a Power and Presence for Good in the Universe and that we can use it, I submit that this statement is  what many would consider to be the definition of prosperity.

This concept of prosperity, of Truth and of there being a power and presence for good in the Universe at our disposal is no stranger to human existence. For example, in the book of Mark it is stated:

Mark 11:24 – Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].

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If Thomas Troward were to chime in,  he might define prosperity as the alignment of thought and the physical so as to mold the primordial ooze of creation into that which we most cherish in our existence.

If we were to include Abraham-Hicks we might say that prosperity is the process of focusing one’s attention on what one wants as opposed to what one does not want based on the realizations gleaned from that process of contrast in our existence so as to allow one’s rockets of desires to explode into the law of attraction and to rain down upon us the Good that results from such desires. In other words, Ask and it is given.

While there is no specific reference in the Science of Mind index for the word “prosperity”, Holmes includes in his glossary (page 622) the following definition: “Prosperity is the out-picturing of substance in our affairs.” He explains it this way: “Everything in the Universe is for us. Nothing is against us.” And as a practical guide, he sets forth that We must know that everywhere we go we meet friendship, love, human interest and helpfulness. Life is ever giving of itself. We must receive, utilize and extend the gift. Success and prosperity are spiritual attributes belonging to all people (although) not necessarily used by all people.

In the Science of Mind philosophy, we teach that there is only One: One Spirit, One All that Is, One Greater Consciousness and that Consciousness is God. Further, we teach that our existence on this plane stems from Spirit’s out-picturing of life in, as and through our experience. But at the same time, we teach that, although there is only one consciousness, each of us is an individual expression of that consciousness, that it is our free will and experience of the contrasts in life that determine our focus, and that the Law (through the use of the Law of Attraction), which, as a completely neutral giver of desires, gives us an abundance of those things we desire to have in our lives.

That means that we, as part of that greater consciousness, (which Holmes also calls God-Consciousness)have the power to create our experience. And it is generally created abundantly in our experience.

A friend of mine once told me that she was walking her dog while in a really crappy mood and, in its ever neutral declaration of “you want it, you got it” she ending up stepping in a pile of the same Crap that had been her mood, except this time it was in physical form.

And if that was not proof enough of the Universe’s reaction to our desires, the very next time she went out, she happened to be in a great mood, feeling abundance in all its forms and there appeared a $20.00 bill in her path.

Think about it. Haven’t you had the same or similar experiences in your own life?

Okay, how many of use have been in a bitch session? It’s like a magnet sometimes. One person complains about something and then someone else complains and before you know it everyone is letting loose with disparaging remarks. I guess one could say that the comments were flying in an abundant manner and the negativity was living a very prosperous life, yes?

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How about this one: You are having a meeting with the same group that just finished the bitch session only this time it is a brain storming session. Idea after idea pops into your head and everyone is just amazed at all of the ideas you are coming up with. Are you having a creatively prosperous experience?

Now let’s look at a longer term experience. We have all had the experience of making the same mistake over and over because of some almost pre-programed-like behavior that we have not realized is attracting it to us over and over again. I guess one could call that an abundantly prosperous opportunity to learn how to recognize that we need to walk a different path. Hmmm. Does that mean there are more types of prosperity than the dictionary would have us believe? Does Prosperity always have to carry a positive or negative tone? Just giving you some food for thought.

In the Science of Mind philosophy we use terms like First Cause, Law, Manifestation, Lack and Limitation and its opposite, Limitless Possibilities. We use processes like Affirmative Prayer to help us focus on those wants, desires and aspirations that we want to manifest and experience in our lives. We use them to change conditions, to provide an outlet for gratefully acknowledging our wants and desires, to become prosperous in what we have treated for.

We use Meditation to clear our minds of the everyday chatter that keeps us from consciously connecting with our God- Consciousness, and then to help us see and know the Truth of our existence. And once we have reached that calm knowing of our Truth, that we are each an individual part of that God-Consciousness and that we have the power and presence of the Universe within us to bring about our Good, we realize that we do, indeed live a prosperous existence.

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So now, let’s get to the nitty gritty. What is prosperity on an individual level and how do we attain it? Personally I believe that the definition of Prosperity is personal to the individual. Some may give it a meaning of more money or toys, others may talk in terms of an abundance of creativity, still others may define being prosperous as being surrounded by family and friends. For me, it connotes all of the above.

I am prosperous in knowing that my next meal is secure, that I have gas in my tank and some spending money in my pocket. I am living a financially prosperous life.

If I am given an outlet where I can let my creative side explore the infinite possibilities that exist in the Universe I am living a creatively prosperous life.

Having someone special in my life and add to it a few good friends to spend time laughing and doing things, I am prosperous in my relationships.

And if I am able to devote time to my spiritual practice through reading, taking classes, writing down my thoughts and connecting to that God-Consciousness on a deeper level through meditation, I am truly living a blessed and abundantly prosperous experience of life.

When it comes down to it, Prosperity, in all of its forms, leads to what I consider the ultimate goal in life: That of experiencing more, of becoming greater today than I was yesterday through all of these forms of giving and receiving, but especially by satisfying that inbred desire of living each day, each moment, each second of now in that self-realization of oneness, and of knowing that I can create my experience by living in conscious awareness of the Power and Presence of Good and that not only it is available to me to use in my life, but that it broadens me while adding, in a positive way, To that God-consciousness from which I come, in which I share and in which I create.

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Can prosperity make me happy? What do you think?

Your Life is Not some Quote from a Book

Every Guru has a description of life and how to make it better. That may all be well and good for their life, but it may not have any application in yours or mine. Yes, I know I am my father’s son and you may be your daughter’s mother, but what the heck is that supposed to do to help you move forward in life? Yes, life can be like a bowl of cherries and some things always come up smelling like roses, but again, how does that apply to you or me?

How many books are we supposed to read that tell us how the principals of life are to eat better, get more sleep, do what you love, be more outgoing, blah, blah, blah. Better yet, how many seminars are we supposed to attend where they tell us that this is the first day of the rest of our lives, or we get as much out of it as we put into it? But we go, hoping to find the secret that has been evading us, seemingly all our lives.

But you know what? Quotes are great openers. They can get us thinking, they can even get us motivated to do something. But what? If I want to figure out what would make me feel happy, fulfilled or successful, I don’t think some quote is going to get me there. Take this one that has been attributed to Albert Einstein as well as others: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” That’s a great saying; Humorous, thought provoking even reassuring that not everyone can climb a tree or perform tasks like others. But what does it say about me? I don’t want to climb trees for a living and I am not sure what I want to do at this point in my life. I don’t think a book that tells me how to eat right and get more energy is going to do it and I certainly don’t want to go to some seminar where all they do is tell everyone how wonderful they are for a price.

I don’t pretend to know your answer. I certainly don’t know what you are good at or what you would find yourself being passionate about. But I can offer some suggestions on figuring it out. Perhaps the best way to do this is to ask you to practice some techniques geared to helping you find your answer.

The first technique you may find difficult at first. You may think it weird or too “woo, woo”. But I can attest to its benefits as can millions of others who have tried it. Simply put, it’s a way of quieting the mind from all of the daily distractions that you may face that tend to keep you from focusing on what you really want out of life.

It’s called meditation.

No, I am not asking you to climb a mountain and sit on a cushion in some cave, although if that is your thing who am I to say otherwise? Simply put, I am asking you to trust that, if you follow the directions (which you can also find them in my book,” It’s All About Me”–I know, shameless plug), you may find yourself thinking more clearly about what direction you want to take in life. If not, hey at least you tried something different and gained some experience. I’m willing to bet through that you will find it hugely beneficial.

The location for this need not be anywhere special but it will need to be somewhere quiet and free from distraction. It can be in your bedroom or on your living room couch. It can be in your backyard or in a neighborhood park. Once you find your place, get into a comfortable, seated position and set a timer for 15 minutes. It may also be helpful to tape yourself (or someone else) reading the following to play back for future meditations until you have the directions down.

Sit up straight but relaxed and close your eyes. Take a long, deep breath through your nose and hold it for a second or two before letting it out. Feel the tension in your body leave as you exhale. Take another deep breath, hold it and let it out, again focusing on how easily the muscles of your body relax. Do this one more time and feel the difference in yourself compared to when you started.

Keeping your eyes closed, breathe normally and focus on the air as it enters and exits your body. Notice the rise and fall of your chest as the air moves in and out. If you find that you have random thoughts floating into your mind (disrupting your focused breathing) just acknowledge them and let them go while returning to the focus of the rise and fall of your chest. Stay focused on the rise and fall of your chest and allow your mind to empty of all else, thus keeping your mind open.

The Universe contains endless possibilities for your future. While you are the one behind the wheel, (thereby making it your responsibility to steer the direction of your life) the act of opening your mind to these endless possibilities will allow you to feel the direction of the wind (or river if you prefer to use a rudder for steering) and to ease into the flow of your good. The whole purpose is to allow you to experience the noiseless inspiration of possibility. It may take a little getting used to but once you have become comfortable meditating, you will find your stress level lessen, your creative juices flowing and life’s possibilities becoming more noticeable.

It is very easy to allow one’s self to become used to the noise and general busy-ness that is ever present in our lives. Between the television, the radio, the internet, traffic, crowds and so forth, we become conditioned to distraction. Meditation is one way of bringing yourself in line with who you really are without having to fight the uphill battle of everything that you find yourself allowing to get in the way.

Try it. I think you will like it. Then come back and we’ll talk about some other tools that will also help lead you to a better, happier, more fulfilling and successful life.

All good things to you!

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The Secret to Success

Have you ever sat quietly, closed your eyes and visualized what it is that you really, really want? I talk to people all the time who say they have daydreamed about doing what they love. I have also spoken to people who say that they could see themselves doing it. But those daydreams and visions are typically interrupted by the “reality” of the day’s activities, which is then followed by “Oh well, it’s nice to dream.”
Do you understand that you are the creator of your existence? Do you understand that you have the power at your fingertips to bring about the dreams and desires you want? Although it may seem like a foreign concept to many, it is one of the quickest ways to bring about change.Like everything else worth while, it takes practice but once practiced it becomes easy with results flowing almost faster than one can fathom.
The secret to successx-mas lights etc 001 is all about seeing and feeling what you want. Not just daydreaming about it,(although daydreams contain emotional aspects that alert the Universe to your desires) but seeing yourself there to the point of experiencing it.
So let’s start with the proposition that anything you can experience in any way start with a single thought. The thought grows into a bunch of thoughts and is then accompanied by a feeling or a wanting. It is the deepness or the power behind the wanting that gets those thoughts into motion, vibrating into every aspect of one’s being and it is that vibration that attracts the thing desired. Yes, there are steps in between the desire and the result but it is amazing how quickly this speeds up the process!
Let’s do a practical exercise and see what happens. (But only if you want to start seeing things show up in your life that you can really get passionate about.)
Start by trying to find a quiet place. (Once you get used to the process it won’t matter that there are things going on around you.)
What is it that you have a deep seated longing for? What is it that you could see yourself doing and being passionate about? Let yourself get lost in the feelings associated with actually doing whatever it is. What does it feel like this passion that you see yourself doing? Does it feel natural, does it bring you joy? Do you feel that excitement inside your innards like there was nothing on else you would rather be doing? I know. It feels wonderful. It feels like the Universe has embraced you in its arms. It feels like it is meant to be. It feels incredibly uniquely like the most incredible feeling ever!
Where are you in this vision? What is the scenery around you? Who is there with you? Are you interacting with others? Can you feel, touch, smell, hear and live in that passion you see?
Stay in that visual feeling place for a while. Focus on those wonderful feelings of accomplishment, of actually doing whatever it is that you have a longing for. When you are done with your visual, hang onto the feelings and go back there as often as you can.
but (as I said before) this is not the end of the exercise. Once you set your emotional intention, you need to be observant about your surroundings. Opportunities will start to flow to you and you will need to pay attention and recognize them and then make use of them.

Try this exercise a few times and see what happens. In fact, I challenge you to make the attempt and change your life for the better. And when you see how positive the results can be, email me and share your success.
If you have questions or need some further help in getting started, let me know that too. I am happy to help move you into the process.

Only One Path to the Top of the Mountain?

I think we can all agree that no two people are alike. From fingerprints to taste buds, from shoe laces to hairstyles, we are all different. So it would not be surprising to learn that, given the task of finding a way to the top of the Mountain, everyone would have a different idea. Likewise, everyone would probably have a different idea of what they would find when they reached the top. But that is as it should be. Anything less than differing ideas would make this a very boring existence, indeed.
Let’s look at the many different paths that can be taken to the top of the mountain. As varied as the approaches might be, there is a single goal: to get to the top. But what of the journey along the way? Should that be a consideration in choosing one’s path? You know its all journey until you get there. Will the path have twists and turns? Will you encounter obstacles along the way? Can you predict what they will be? More than likely there will be some that you may not have expected.
It’s an interesting dichotomy. Each path is different but each is traveled with the intent of getting to a common end. Each has its own make-up, its own terrain, obstacles, successes, places to rest and each is chosen with individual intentions and expectations.
What would happen if we switched paths with another traveler? There would still be the intent to reach the top, there would still be turns, obstacles, resting places and so forth, just as the original path chosen. Yet the goal is to get to the top.
The answer to the question is obvious on its face. There is more than one path to the top of the mountain. Is there one path that is better than another? I guess that depends on the outlook of the person walking the path.
What do you see in this path that you have walked? I’ll bet there are many things that everyone can see but what you see from your perspective is what really counts.

Step 4: How Big is Your “But”?

1327154265eN7XXoFor the vast majority of us, having an idea of what we can be passionate about is about as far as it goes. The reason is the BUT. 
So how big is your “but?” What are the reasons that you have decided not to pursue your dream? I am mot trying to be harsh by calling it a decision but that’s really what it is. Decisions are made all day, every day. What time to set the alarm, what to eat, the kind of shampoo and toothpaste, whether to buy a car and, if so, what kind, and the list goes on. 
What influences us to make decisions about our everyday lives? Cost? Availability? What other people are doing? What other people are thinking? In particular, what other people may be thinking about us?  Probably. But what other reasons (excuses) have been keeping you from moving forward with your dream besides all of that? Its that list of “Yeah, but’s” isn’t it.  Yes, I would love to do x, but… Or I have always dreamed of doing Y but….
So when I ask you for the size of your “but” what I am really asking is that you take stock of yourself, your life, your desires and the excuses you are making to keep yourself from going forward. Take a close look at them. In fact, write down what you dream about doing and then below it, write down everything you can think of about why you have not done it yet. Your list of excuses will Immediately the list shrink and, when you really look at it the excuses won’t really seem that insurmountable. 
“I don’t know how to do it.” Well, who does and where can you learn?
“I don’t have the money.” So how much money would it take and how long to save it? Are there others who have the same dream and would like to partner up? Share the cost? 
“I have way too many other things on my plate to do first.” Have you looked at that list of stuff? Are there things that really need to be done first? How long would it take to clear some of that clutter? Can you devote some time on your calendar each week for your dream?
How big is your “but list” really? Are you using that list to keep you stuck in your current reality? How bad will you feel when you have allowed so much time to go by that your “but list” has become your “if only” list?
Think about how you would feel just taking one small step in the direction of your dream. It doesn’t have to be a big step, just a step. Remember, one degree of change can be all that is needed to turn your bubbling pot of boiling water into the steam needed to get your engine running. 
I think Martin Luther King, Jr. said it very well: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Step 3 With a Patriotic Flair

images-3Unknown-1The 4th of July! Fireworks, family, celebrating freedom and a new ideal never quite seen in the history of man! A culmination of thought, of dreams, of movingsecuredownload forward with a passion for more! What a perfect example of this third step in finding fulfillment in life!
This day represents a letting go of past obstacles, of realizing that we are not bound by the will,or perceptions of others. Our founders came here to get away from the old, from perceptions of lack and to move forward with their ideals! (Step one.) They arrived with little and that is where they started. Where else could they start but from where they were? (Step 2)
They had an idea of what they didn’t want and that’s why they left their old world in the first place. They sought to pursue what they did like. So, step three is to figure out what you want to do. It starts with a question: What would you do if you knew you could not fail? I would hope it to be something that you really love doing but you have not tried because of all the things that get in most peoples’ way. (Rent, Mortgage, car payment, taking care of the family, work, inexperience, cost, etc., etc., etc.)
So ask yourself what it is that you love to do! What would you do if money were not a consideration? If failure were not an option? Once you have identified whatever “it” is, write “it” down. Once you have written “it” down, keep “it” where you can see it. Keep “it” in the forefront of your mind and see if you don’t start taking steps in that direction.
And if I can’t figure out what “it” is, you ask? If you are one of those who has never given much thought to that burning sensation for excitement that you always mistook for indigestion, start by writing down things that you like to do, that you are good at, that people come to you for help with. These might give you some ideas. Regardless of our conscious recognition of such things, we tend to gravitate to those things we find enjoyable, so there is going to be some aspect of what you do that will lead you to the epiphany of your life’s desires.
Here’s an exercise for you: make a small kite (a diamond shaped piece of paper, with a string attached at the bottom for a tail), take some pieces of fabric and write your dreams on them and then tie them to the kite tail. Hang it up on the wall or from the ceiling and imagine your kite of dreams as it soars into the limitless sky. There is a universe of limitless possibilities waiting for you out there. You just have to choose one and take a step towards it.
Tune in next time for the next step where we will identify some ways of helping make your dreams come to fruition.
Gerry
“It’s All About Me”

The Second Step in Finding Fulfillment

Hopefully you have had some time to think about that first step. If not, that’s okay. You will when you are ready. Everyone moves at their own pace, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. This is not a race nor should you feel pressured to move forward any faster than your comfort level will allow.
The second step comes in two parts. Part one is revisiting step one until you have a clear understanding that your past is the shaper of who you have come to be, as well as a directional indicator of things to come…if you allow it.
As you have seen in “It’s All About Me,” there is only one person who has lived your life and that is you. Your spouse, significant other, friends and family can share their own opinions based on their own life experiences, but unless Mr. Spock gave them a lesson in mind-melding, they will not have felt your feelings, seen from your eyes or stood in your shoes. Any advise they try to give, no matter good their intentions, can only be based on their own perspectives of life. (And those attempts at advice are also part of what has brought you to where you are.)
What we are talking about here is perspective (YOURS).
Everything you have done, not done or thought of doing has resulted in a feeling. Good, bad or indifferent, you have felt something about each and every action, inaction, statement and comment encountered in your life. Even reading this is causing you to think and feel. The question is whether those thoughts and feelings are being impacted by similar throughout and feelings (or reactions) you have experienced in your past. Are there triggers that cause you to think and feel a certain way? Probably. Are these reactions/thoughts/feelings/opinions you have formed valid, or are you allowing triggers (automatic and unconscious reactions to given stimuli) to dictate your perspective of the event? Think about it and then go to the next line.
So here is the second step: Acknowledge that your past experiences have an effect on how you perceive things today, and be cognizant of how those past experiences can trigger perceptions (which can then trigger actions, inactions, etc) can cause you to keep spinning on a merry-go-round of always bing on the move but never really going anywhere. I call this conscious acknowledgment “critical thinking.” No, that does not mean to criticize yourself for having triggers. (Incidentally, triggers come from a very legitimate instinct for self-preservation, which will be discussed again later and also in my book.)
So, the next time you have an experience (action, inaction, hearing someone say something that you may otherwise perceive as being about you, etc) will you be giving in to some pre-programmed trigger based on your past experiences or will you step off the merry-go-round and onto a more exciting ride?stock-photo-carousel-in-a-square-in-florence-italy-142109407

The First Step in Finding Fulfillment

UnknownThere is only one place to begin any search. It is the same place we have all heard over and over again. Perhaps in different words or formations of words, but nevertheless, always the same: You can only start from where you are. 
The usual response? “Oh thanks. Another riddle. What the heck does that mean: start from where you are?” Although the answer may be simple, it also requires some thought, some work and a willingness to accept the possibility of change.
To start from where you are is to understand that those places that you have been looking, those haunting mistakes of your past, those worries about the future are exactly the wrong places. Yes, the past is important, but only from the perspective of acknowledging that our past is full of experiences that were either pleasant, unpleasant or somewhere between. The other aspect of our past is to realize that many of us get caught up in it to the exclusion of all else. We “live from the past” so to speak, blindly and unconsciously making the same choices, hanging with the same people (good bad or indifferent), and all the while wondering why nothing in our present has changed. 
What we must do, what YOU must do, if you are to experience something different; if you are to find fulfillment, is to begin from the only place you can; and that is in the here and now. But this time you must fog forwarding a  different way than you have always done. You must stop living from your past. It is enough to say that your past has brought you to where you are today. It is enough to recognize that your past experiences have brought valuable lessons from which to learn. Once you have done that, let it go and get over it. 
Learn from your past. It is a valuable source of information. But whatever those experiences are, they do not define your future. What you do from here, however, will.
That should be enough to get you thinking. Sleep on it and check in again for your next step.

See Yourself Where You Want to Be

It is already done. I see it because I am there. I feel myself breathing outward as the words pass through my lips just as I feel the coolness of the air return as I inhale making ready for the next. I hear the reactions of those to whom I speak and I am elated at the fulfillment of my success. I see the eyes of those I teach; wide with wonder, joyous for their discovery, tearful in the knowledge that they, too, have the absolute ability to rise from the ashes of so many dreams engulfed in flames before their eyes.
I speak without effort, allowing the words to flow from that greater expression of me. They form without thought, eager and ready to follow that pre-determined path from mouth to ears. We have a connection, they and I, a connection that defies description. We are working inside “that zone of perfection”; timeless, free from fear, full of a comfort and expectation. All is well in this place. It is as it should be: graceful, joyous and free. I am here because I choose to be. I choose to be because it is what I know to be that perfection that life has pushed me toward; what the Universe has been speaking for an eternity. I am fulfilled.
I open my eyes and return from this place. Those feelings of joy and freedom remain, lifting me above the turmoil that once was. I have seen my life, I have prepared the way and I know that the path before me will lead me there. It know thisIMG_1170 for I have lived it.
My heart fills with gratitude; such gratitude that it defies description. It is as if all of the light of the cosmos has turned its focus, working in unison for one common purpose and I find myself at its center.
I am complete for my purpose, my passion, lays before me. It calls me and I step towards its voice. It is done and I AM.

We All Fall

We all fall at one time or another. I’m not talking about the kind where you trip over something and splat with your nose buried in the dirt, although that seems to happen more than its fair share as well. I am talking about the so-called “fall from grace”. It is inevitable that failure happens. How can it not? We make choices and take chances in order to move ourselves forward.  Sometimes we fall. But what happens after we fall? Ah, yes. That is an interesting question. Sit and be depressed and believe it is never possible to experience that joy once thought to be within reach? What purpose would that serve other than to delay that inner pull that took you to that cusp of success in the first place?
Falling can be, as Dickens once put it, the worst of times, but it can also be the best of times, if we choose to make it so. The worst of times because it can be a very depressing: the antithesis to that successful venture so often visualized. The best of times because it brought the satisfaction of the effort, the experience of the grit with which the attempt was made. More than this, it is knowing that this does not have to be the end. Rather, if we choose to see it so, it is a beginning.  The result may not have been exactly what was intended, but then neither was penicillin.