"Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. -- Psalm 37:24
Did you ever get so discouraged you felt, "What's the use? I've tried everything and nothing is working! I'm a failure! I give up!" Very often, these experiences can be our greatest teachers.
After my marriage ended, I began to feel I was doing something that was not working. I prayed for guidance to learn what I needed to do to corrrect my consciousness. Soon I was invited to participate in a women's conference where I discovered that I was suffering from a disease called "co-dependency." I began reading, studying and attending CODA (Codependency Anonymous) meetings. Eventually I began setting boundaries by saying "no." Many people challenged me as to why I was saying "no." They weren't used to it and it disturbed them. I answered, "Because I choose not to do that." Old relationships faded away and new ones formed based on healthier foundations. My self-confidence grew.
I still have a long way to do, but I've also come a long way, and all because I looked at my ended marriage as "feedback." The Universe is always telling us something. All we have to do is look and listen. Yes, life is definitly an educational feedback machine. In fact, when it feels as if I have failed, I just know that God has a better idea.
Today I know that just because I experience failure, I am not a failure. These experiences are merely showing me something, telling me someting, and teaching me something. I look at all my experiences that way--as my great teachers. I thank God for my moment-by-moment education..