Love Is The Strongest Medicine: Notes from a Cancer Doctor on Connection, Creativity, and Compassion

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Then I Didn't

Then I Didn't

I have many examples of failure.

I've failed at lots of things one time or another.

Courage is failing at something and still showing up the next day.

When you show up, sometimes you win.

Sometimes you learn.

Sometimes you learn enough to not fail again.

I've failed at flawless integrity.

Honesty, honor, good character, principles, ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, and trustworthiness.

And then I didn't.

I've failed at perfect empathy.

Understanding, affinity, appreciation, compassion, insight, rapport, warmth, concord, responsiveness, soul, being on same wavelength, being there for someone, and good vibrations.

Then I didn't.

I've failed at ideal compassion.

Sympathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, and charity.

Then I didn't.

I've failed at faultless modesty.

Self-effacement, humility, unpretentiousness, self-consciousness, reserve, reticence.

Then I didn't.

I've failed at consummate generosity.

Magnanimity, munificence, openhandedness, free-handedness, unselfishness, kindness, benevolence, altruism, charity, big-heartedness, and goodness.

Then I didn't.

I've failed at quintessential acknowledgment.

Thanks, gratitude, appreciation, and recognition.

Then I didn't.

I've failed at pristine helpfulness.

Useful, convenient; beneficial, and advantageous.

Then I didn't.

I've failed at impeccable gratitude.

Thankfulness, appreciation, grace, and praise.

Then I didn't.

I've failed at optimum purpose.

Intend, mean, aim, plan, design, have the intention, decide, resolve, determine, propose, and aspire.

Then I didn't.

I've failed at immaculate vision.

Farsightedness, foresight, foresightedness, forethought, prescience, dream, envisage, envision, ideate, and imagine.

Then I didn't.

I've failed so much.

I'll fail again.

I failed today.

I learned.

I failed spectacularly.

Then I didn't.