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Failure is part of life.  You will always fail.  But as this poster reminds us, to fail does not mean you are a failure; the best use of a failure is to look for the lessons. The way you deal with mistakes teaches children a life lesson.

Quotes about failing

Today’s parenting tip about failure: read this link: Brain Rules: 5 Brain Rules for Parents.

Stay strong

Failure is not an option it is a reality.  As I have said before one of my mother’s favorite quotes was “Nothing ventured nothing gained.”  She said that in response to the fact I was a shy child.  It worked.  I think you would like it appended to say “Nothing ventured, nothing learned; nothing learned, nothing gained.”


In a few days I will be on a road trip back East for a visit. At least that is the plan and as my mother would say “God willing.”  This means I might not be posting, although I am hoping to do some road trip posts on my Emotional Fitness Blogs and will at least try to copy them here.  Much depends on the tiredness factor and the availability of wi-fi. Time will tell.

Meanwhile, for all you do to spread kindness, thank you; it matters, you matter.



An email friend sent me this wonderful video of a flash mob gathering to play Beethoven’s Ninth.  The grands, almost three and just a year–both loved it.


Be with beauty is one of the Emotional Fitness Exercises described in my book Parents Are People Too, An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents.  Watching my two grands enjoy this video made my day and reminded me to keep looking for ways to  introduce them early to classical music.  We did that with their fathers and both love all kinds of music.

Music has many ways to move your children along the path to greater emotional health.  Here is the  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences  music for children’s page.  A minor crank is that they don’t include classical music — but you can correct that.


Just a quick post but do be kind, another way to stay emotionally strong, and share this with someone whose spirits will be lifted as mine were. That will help me and might help someone else and you can feel virtuous for being kind.

You might also enjoy my Emotional Fitness Pinterest Board.


Friday night dinner begins my sign off from things electronic and sign on for time with family and friends.  It is also time to sign on for time with other things that matter: being with beauty, nourishing my spirituality, laughing and playing. All among my Daily Emotional Fitness Exercises.  Here is one of my favorite take a break pictures.  David and a Grand.

Naps are always a good way to take a break.


Oprah asked this question among others on a recent Thought for a Day blog.  The topic was  How Fit is Your Brain. The question: How often do you socialize and spend time with friends?  The choices:

  1. Occasionally, but after a long day, I honestly prefer low-key dates with HBO.
  2. I’m booked solid for the next month.
  3. I try to make social plans for at least one day of the weekend, even if I’ve got a killer to-do list.

The follow up note made this point: …a University of Michigan study showed that just 10 minutes of social interaction improved cognitive performance in thousands of people of all ages (24 to 96). So make some plans; it may feel like a drag now, but you know you won’t regret it (and your brain will thank you). ”


Need I say more.  Not really, but you know I will. Turn off from all that pressures you, turn on to what calms and comforts.  If ten minutes is all you can do, do that. But keep trying to do more break time.

Confession: I can cure a bad mood by visiting the local super market, dollar store, or any other store. Not because I buy stuff, but because I spend check out time trying to get a smile and a laugh from the cashier. When it works, bad mood vanishes.  Less than ten minutes. However, I do suggest spending a bit more time socializing with those who matter most.


Be kind to  me,  like this post or share it.  You will be helping me stay strong and maybe some others as well.   Click here for my free Ebook: The 12 Daily Emotional Fitness Training Exercises.

Stay strong, I work at it all the time.