…without failing to learn. This is a journey I have undertaken this year and it has not been easy. I don’t know of anyone who starts out anticipating failure. There is a current trend in leadership, business and self-help books telling us to Fail Fast or to Fail More but being willing to fail doesn’t mean you enjoy the process. Taking a risk, trying something new, being willing to not be perfect the first time around. These are not things I excel at but I did make progress this summer at the library, and in doing so I was able to lead 16 other adults into trying something brand new.
Every time I thought about trying paint pouring all I could envision was a mess of paint all over the place. This prevented me from trying it for several months but once I committed to a library program of exploring paint pouring I could no longer avoid it. While my first attempts would probably not be classified as failures, they were not perfect either. I had the paint too thin or I didn’t use enough paint so it didn’t flow over the canvas and instead just sort of dripped. But there was paint, there was pouring, and at the end there was art.