“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional,” said the Dalai Lama, quoting an old Zen saying.
Life inevitably brings pain and temporary defeats, even on the road to success. Nothing is better for softening blows than developing a good sense of humor. Learn to laugh at yourself.
When you see the humor in embarrassing situations, they cease to be stressful. The person who can laugh often can keep going when others fail.
You can’t win all the time. Michael Jordan, considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time, scored on fewer than half of his field goal attempts. Great athletes know that they will fail often on their road to victory. They also know that every failure carries the seed of success.
Every failure makes room for future success if you allow the failure to teach you a lesson. In a particular week, you may miss your deadlines or have an argument with your spouse. This may make you lose hope and become fearful. However, respond with faith and persistence!