The High Holidays are a time of introspection, reflection and personal growth. These days are meant for us to use the past to improve the future. As we begin this process, there always seems to be a sense of failure that accompanies us. We weren’t as great as we should have been. We messed up a whole bunch of times last year. We failed, and failed again.
And so, as we enter the period designed to make us great, we end up just feeling guilty and inadequate. We miss an opportune moment to start anew, to change the past, to transcend our previous limitations.
Why? Because we don’t realize that there is nothing wrong with failing. Failing is part of life. It’s part of growth. Failure isn’t the problem, our reaction to failure is the problem.
Please see the below video about failing. It’s based on a piece of advice that I got from my Rabbi years ago. It accompanies me into the High Holidays every year.