What if we could use the principle of psychology not just to treat problems and shortcomings, but to reach our greatest potential?
As the late British theoretical physicist Sir Charles Frank once said, “Crystals are like people: it is the defects in them that make them interesting.”
What do we learn from failure? What happens when our dogma — whether scientific or religious — turns out to be wrong?
We can’t predict in advance if we will succeed or fail, but we need both success and failure in order to draw lessons.
If we focus exclusively on why we are so right, so good, and so smart, then when things do go wrong, we won’t know how respond.
Crosswords can teach us more than just the first name of “NYPD Blue” actor Morales. They teach us how to fail — which is what we need to learn how to do in order to truly succeed.
We spend much more time wandering in the wilderness than living in the Promised Land. In fact, that may be why the Torah was given in middle of the wilderness — to remind us that while the Promised Land is wonderful, we learn our greatest lessons on the journey along the way.