This was a great discussion on a subject we all could identify with: how quick we are to judge ourselves  or failures. Pema Chodron’s advice is spot on: our failures can be gifts if we change our perspective.

The article also talks about the fascinating and subtle way that getting in touch with our weaknesses, rather than closing ourselves off, is the true touchstone to living a fulfilled life. 

How to Fail

And here is the article on how we can help our minds by learning to play a musical instrument (we talked about this, too).
And, Heather, since you asked: here’s my latest pastel of a magnolia tree. I went through every permutation of failure and grudging success, to pleasure even with it’s imperfections:

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