This poor Flat Stanley did not make it across the road. He made the journey and failed. We found him on our side of the road in the midst of weeds, flat as a pancake. His petrified remains reminded us that some days you make it and some days you don’t. 

When was the last time you were left flat on the side of the road recovering from a failed attempt? You tried and tried and tried again, only to get wiped out and left for dead.  Even when you are crushed like this turtle you can get back up. There is a wonderful Japanese proverb – fall six times, get up seven. We all have failures, we all get knocked down, we all fall flat on our face at one time or another. The key is not to stay down too long. Lick your wounds, eat ice cream out of the package, watch sad movies, then cry. Let yourself mourn the failure, and learn the lessons you can take away from the pain. Then it’s time to get right back out there. If you mourn or wallow too long in your own thoughts you may not be able to move ahead. 

After being laid flat for the fifth or sixth time, get up that seventh time. You will triumph again, you will succeed, your next idea will move forward. We have to go through the failures to learn and succeed the next time. We have to keep trying and move forward. It may not feel like you want to, yet time does heal all wounds.