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Beside Restful Waters

by Greg Hermann

No temporary failure, no matter how disgraceful or humiliating, should ever be used as an excuse for giving up the struggle.

No failure is ever really a failure unless we stop trying all together – indeed, it may be a blessing in disguise, a much needed lesson.”

How to Know God: The Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali 1953


This sounds like the wisdom of the 12 steps, born of the agony of recovery. However, I am not surprised to know its roots are ancient.