Failure is Never Final

Failure is never final! The only time you can't afford to fail is the very last time you try. Failure doesn't mean you are a failure; it just means you haven't yet succeeded.

Failure doesn't mean you have accomplished nothing; it just means you had enough faith to experiment.

Failure doesn't mean you've been a fool; it just means you had enough faith to experiment.

Failure doesn't mean you you've been disgraced; it just means you must do things differently next time.

Failure doesn't mean you don't have what it takes; it just means you must do things differently next time.

Failure doesn't mean you've wasted your time; it just means you have a reason to start over.

Failure doesn't mean you should give up; it just means you must try harder. Failure doesn't mean you'll never make it; it just means you need more patience.

Failure doesn't mean you're wrong; it just means you must find a better way. Failure doesn't mean God has abandoned you; it just means you must continue to pray as if everything depends on God and act as if everything depends on you.

Lewis Timberlake in Timberlake Monthly.

Coping With Trauma

Common Reactions To Trauma Stress Management Tips

Physical Responses

  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Change in appetite
  • Shallow, rapid breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Stomach upset

Emotional Responses

  • Shock or numbness
  • Anger toward others involved
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Guilt/ Frustration
  • Sadness
  • Feeling unsafe or vulnerable
  • Loneliness

Mental Responses

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering details of event

Behavioral Responses

  • Withdrawal from others
  • Angry outburst
  • Crying
  • Irritability
  • Decreased energy/ ambition
  • Martial / relationship conflict
  • Increased use of alcohol or medications
  • Fear of being alone
  • Care for yourself by eating well, exercising, and resting when needed. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, chocolate and nicotine and depressants such as alcohol.
  • Seek out comfortable, familiar surroundings and avoid spending too much time alone.
  • Share your thoughts and feelings with those who are supportive and helpful - don't try to block recollections. It helps to talk about them. Feel free to set boundaries with people who have not been helpful in the past.
  • Don't be anxious if reactions from past traumas reemerge even though you may have felt those issues were resolved.
  • Give yourself time to recover. Difficulties with concentration, memory or decision-making are common but short-term reactions. Seek help if reactions are interfering with job responsibilities. Focus on concrete, easily-achievable tasks.
  • Remember that difficultly sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, and feelings of being "hyper-alert" are common and will diminish in time.
  • A void personalizing or taking responsibility for how others respond to the traumatic event. Do not compare or measure your reactions to those of other people each individual's experience is unique and personal.
  • Communicate your feelings clearly. Others may not know how to responses to you appropriately. Let them know which responses are helpful and which are not.
  • Know that anniversary dates or a specific holiday may trigger feelings related to the trauma. This is normal.
  • Seek help from a professional counselor if symptoms persist.

Therapeutic Changes, P.C.

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