I've been seeing this quotation for a year or so, but dismissed it as bumper sticker/poster philosophy. I thought about it though. It implies that we don't do what we want to do for fear of failure and who hasn't experienced that fear. With a little computer investigation I learned the author of the quotation is Robert Schuller, a former somewhat controversial televangelist.
The internet lists many of his optimistic quotes.
I decided to take the words seriously. What would I do if I couldn't fail? What I've come up with is fantasy and contradictions, but still listing them has been a little study in self-knowledge. Make your own list. Here is mine:
- If I couldn't fail, I'd apply for a writing position with the New York Times. It has the best most adept writers/thinkers who know how to use words effectively.
- But, I'd also like to work as a news television reporter for CNN. That doesn't have the clout that a job with the Times would carry, but it certainly would be fun.
- After working in news for a few years, I'd turn to the movies. I'd like a behind-the-scenes position involving the actual making of movies, or well. . . perhaps television.
- I'll live in New York City, of course, Manhattan in a residence I saw advertised in the New York Times Magazine. It is a three bedroom condominium, priced from $1.17M. I guess I'll make a good salary at those careers I want. Since I know I can't fail, I'll just bid on one and worry about costs later.
- My lovely Manhattan residence will be decorated in a very modern style unlike my current house furnished with Early Garage Sale.
- After a few years, I'll buy a condo along the Seine in Paris.
Places I'll go
- I'll see every Broadway play and opera that appeals to me.
- I'll go to lovely restaurants and coffee bars after the entertainment.
- Every new museum exhibit will see me.
- Music and dance will fill out my schedule.
People I'll see
- My husband will live with me, of course, His interests will round out mine.
- My daughter and her family will live close by. My granddaughter will pursue her Broadway ambitions.
- I'll meet people with interesting ideas and we will discuss and argue them.
- In my work, I'll meet writers, politicians, artists.
Doing some good
- I'll help young people get an education so they can pursue their own life's work.
- I'll be on boards that help improve the economy and people's work lives.
- I'll work on improving homelessness.
- I'll discover things that I don't even know about now.
When I die
- There will be a New Orleans style jazz parade in the streets. My ashes will be scattered in a special area of Central Park with a little monument.
Ahh, Isn't pie in the sky wonderful!!