Don’t Be Afraid of Failure Just Do It!

Ellen J. Barrier

The Late Singer, written by Willliam Carlos Williams, will cause one to take pause, and consider their own work. There are many reasons why people like William Carlos delay their work or put their career or talents on hold. Some are afraid to proceed because of what they feel others might say, or they are fearful of failure. Henry Van Dyke gives an excellent analogy, (the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best). I believe that God has given every person one or more talents. It is up to each individual to use the skill they have been given to enhance their work. My goal has always been to proceed with prayer and not to expect failure. Whatever you have in mind to do, don't be afraid of failure, just do it!

The Late Singer
Here it is spring again
and I still a young man!
I am late at my singing.
The sparrow with the black rain on his breast
has been at his cadenzas for two weeks past:
What is it that is dragging at my heart?
The grass by the back door
is stiff with sap.
The old maples are opening
their branches of brown and yellow moth-flowers.
A moon hangs in the blue
in the early afternoons over the marshes
I am late at my singing.
____William Carlos Williams

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. ~ Henry Van Dyke 

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