Failure: there’s really no need to be an ass about it

There’s a good chance you’ll screw it all up, you know.

It could all go horribly wrong.

It’s daring, this thing you long to do. Unheard of in your own life.

Laden with risk. Crawling with goblins.

There are countless opportunities to tumble.

You could choose to not do it. That might keep you safe.

Not doing is always an option. Always.

But here’s a thought: what if you did the thing, with one condition?

I promise not to be an ass to myself if it all goes wrong.

Hmm? What then?

See also: Be a safe place to land.



  1. Love! Brilliant condition. It reminds me of my very favorite Lisa-ism from Take That Nap. (Which I won’t spoil for everyone who has yet to enjoy it, but is something to do with having myself in my own back pocket.)

    Yesss! Heading off to be less of an ass to myself right now. xoxo

  2. Funny, I don’t have goblins, but I have recently discovered that I’ve got a little orc following me around who reaches up and tugs at the bottom of my shirt every time I think about risky entrepreneurial stuff. His name is Tam, which stands for “time-and-money”–my two biggest fears/challenges around going out on this particular limb.

    I wonder what will happen if I include Tam in the promise? Will he be satisfied with my promise not to treat him like an ass, or not? Hmm.

  3. When I think of goblins, I think of Gollum (not sure if he’s a goblin but that’s the image I get) and that makes me smile.

    This makes me feel a little more spacious and hopeful. Tucking it into my heart-pocket.

  4. Glad I wandered onto your blog. I’ve only been writing for a few months and the goblins don’t seem to be going away any time soon. Guess you just have to ignore them. Not writing seems to be becoming less and less an option. Besides, the goblins would just find something else to pick on…. Thanks for your post.

  5. Thanks for the words of Zen.

    There might very well be another simple six-word mantra: “I will not be an ass”, which goes along with “Can’t fear fear, fear’s the mindkiller.”

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