Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life … It s was no fun but liberating … What did I have to lose?
J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement
Failure Is Never a Finality
From the April 3, 1965 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Whatever our human experience we do not lack opportunity to demonstrate God’s infinite goodness when we turn fully to Him. Understanding through Christian Science the true nature of God and of man as His image and likeness, we are always at the standpoint of opportunity, not at the mercy of material conditions. In the light of this spiritual understanding, what seems to be a tragedy may be converted into an occasion for great unfoldment of good, and the most hopeless-seeming situation may be resolved into a blessing.
The prophet Elijah was one who believed that his work had been a complete failure; but as he listened to the still small voice of Truth, his thought was uplifted and purified to see that the evidence of the material senses is never true. God, Truth, is never in the earthquake, wind, or fire. The voice of Truth said to Elijah (I Kings 19:13), “What doest thou here, Elijah?” and it continued, “Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus.” There fresh opportunity awaited the prophet to carry on his work and rise above the sense of failure.
By calling failure an unreality in an absolute sense, Christian Science does not by any means ignore the misery and unhappiness caused by men’s belief in failure. Failure is very real indeed to those who seem to experience it. But Christian Science teaches us that by turning away from the false picture and by realizing man’s true relationship to God, divine Life as His reflection, we may so spiritualize our thought that the sense of failure vanishes in the understanding of the infinite possibilities and opportunities of Life and its demonstration, failure will then be turned into success, or fresh opportunities to succeed will come to light.