Angels on Your Shoulder

Angels on Your Shoulder

Fearless Friday: Sense of Failure Angel

danielleDanielle Laporteis one of my favorite internet divas. When I got this post this AM I just knew I needed to share it with you ….

The Subtle & Abiding Sense of Failure Angel. Know her?

Ry Cooder is considered to be one of the greatest bluesmen of all time. Yet, on more than one occasion, with a sold out concert and multiple encores, he asked promoters to refund the audience their money because he felt, “I could have been better.”


I have a painter friend whose art sells for $10,000 a painting. She routinely paints over pieces that are for sale in her gallery. It could have been better, she says.

I’ve gotten standing ovations for speaking gigs. “Meh, I give myself a B. Coulda been better.”

Here’s the confession: I always feel like I’m failing. And succeeding. And failing. And succeeding. And failing.

I’m not masochistic. My glass is not ‘half full’, it is oceanic. I feel sturdy and ripe. But The Subtle & Abiding Sense of Failure Thing…. it’s as steady as the green of my eyes.

If you’re committed to the sacred strive,The Subtle & Abiding Sense of Failure Thing will always be along for the ride.

… In your speech, your craft, your work. Pleasing your lover, planting your garden, dispensing your accumulated knowledge. You can make masterpieces. Daily. You can please some people, get a raise, fire up your kundalini, you can hit it out of the park and sleep like a satiated baby that night. And then in she glides, to sit in the chair in the corner of your room: The Subtle & Abiding Sense of Failure Thing.


She’s an angel, I tell you. An angel.

You are not insecure, neurotic, defective, obsessive, or unappreciative.
(Well, maybe you are, but not because you experience The Subtle & Abiding Sense of Failure Angel.)
Coexisting with The Subtle & Abiding Sense of Failure Angel is part of making art.
She is as reliable as your creative impulses.
She comes bearing invitations. To more.

The Subtle & Abiding Sense of Failure Angel is able to enter because you left your heart open.

Leave it open.
You have to.
To make more stuff.
To make it better, so that we evolve and bring one another along for the ride.
Where demons get to be angels if you look at them the right way.


Calling the angels into your home

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With love and aloha,

Angels are everywhere just open your mind and your heart to the signs.

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  • http://ThePerfectionAngel Wednesday

    I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to welcome the “could have been better” angel. You see, I was raised in a religion that taught me to strive for “perfection” in everything I did. Even though I left them 25 years ago, I still have to kick myself to start a project because there’s a little voice left over that says, “If you can’t do it perfectly, then you shouldn’t start it at all.” It’s a struggle for me to begin anything in the first place. To tell myself, “Take the first step. It’ll be fun, it doesn’t have to be perfect.” The last thing I need is a “could have been better” angel on my shoulder. Because if it could have been better, then it’s not good enough. And if it’s not good enough, it’s the same as being not perfect. So I wouldn’t even go there, I wouldn’t even try. Because another voice would then whisper, “You’re not good enough.” I can strive for the sacred. But striving for perfection only led to depression, mourning, and a lot of years of trying to forget the programming of, “You must be perfect” which goes hand in hand with, “It could have been better.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Susan

    Maybe it is time to realize you already are perfect and so is everything and everyone. Judgment can really limit our experience of life.

    25 Years …. maybe it is time to let that one go. Life is perfect and I can do better and still be lovable and perfect can all be part of your experience of life.

    Let love and the angels heal the old voices and take your power back from the concept of perfection.

    With love and aloha,

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